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AARP Hosts Tele-Town Hall with Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

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AARP New Hampshire hosted a live telephone town hall this morning with Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter to educate its members on responsible solutions to Social Security and Medicare.  

The tele-town hall, held Tuesday, December 10, from 10:30 to 11:30 am, engaged 4,178 AARP New Hampshire members from across the state, allowing them to participate in the conversation led by AARP New Hampshire State President Dick Chevrefils.  Congresswoman Shea-Porter shared her views on keeping Medicare and Social Security strong for today’s retirees and future generations and answered numerous questions from participants. 

“Granite Staters have earned their Social Security and Medicare benefits and they have a stake in the future of these programs that people rely on,” said AARP New Hampshire State Director Kelly Clark.  “We want to hear their views and we want to give them an opportunity to hear Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s views.” 

In New Hampshire, Social Security is the cornerstone of financial security for nearly 255,000 and Medicare provides affordable health coverage for over 220,000.  One in five Granite Staters rely on Social Security for 90% or more of their income.  And those on Medicare spend roughly $5300 on out-of-pocket health care costs, about 17% of their incomes.  “It’s because of statistics like these that AARP is fighting for commonsense solutions – not harmful cuts – for these programs,” added Clark.  

“Thank you to the thousands of seniors who joined today’s telephone town hall about the importance of protecting Social Security and Medicare,” Shea-Porter said. “Social Security and Medicare are not government handouts or an entitlement; they are benefits that seniors work for, pay for, and earn.  I remain committed to protecting and strengthening these vital programs for today’s seniors and for future generations.” 

AARP kicked off a national conversation last year about Medicare and Social Security which is called You’ve Earned a Say.  Community conversations have been taking place across the Granite State, giving AARP members and the general public a chance to have their voice heard.  “You’ve Earned a Say has struck a chord because people feel so strongly about these pillars of security they paid into and because they don’t want to be left out of the decisions politicians in Washington are making,” concluded Clark.

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