FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 14, 2012
AARP: How Would You Strengthen Medicare?
New online tool provides arguments for and against policy options, lets users choose.
WASHINGTON, DC – An online tool unveiled today by AARP highlights ten Medicare policy options being discussed in Washington and allows users to side with the arguments either for or against those policies. Using the You’ve Earned a Say Strengthen Medicare Tool, people can read brief pros and cons on each policy and choose which one they agree with more. Those who complete the tool are given the opportunity to send a message to their members of Congress and the presidential candidates.
“Americans are frustrated with partisan Washington spin about the future of Medicare,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy A. LeaMond. “They want politicians to listen to them. The Strengthen Medicare Tool gives people an opportunity to get the facts and make their voices heard.”
The Strengthen Medicare Tool and its companion Strengthen Social Security Tool build on information released last week as part of You’ve Earned a Say – a national conversation about the future of Social Security and Medicare. Independent analyses of the pros and cons of the major Medicare and Social Security options on the table, along with fact sheets, infographics and questionnaires about how best to strengthen the programs, are available at www.earnedasay.org.
Medicare faces a number of challenges in the coming years, including rising health costs and a growing number of people entering the program. The most recent Medicare trustees report projected that within twelve years, there will be a shortfall in the money needed to pay full benefits in the Medicare Trust Fund that covers hospital costs. Some of the lead policy options that have been proposed to address the shortfall are highlighted in the Strengthen Medicare Tool.
“Americans who have paid into Medicare have earned the right to know the proposals that are being discussed in Washington,” LeaMond concluded. “They want politicians to consider how any changes would impact health and retirement security for them and their families.”
The Strengthen Medicare Tool, which is free and does not require site registration, can be accessed at www.aarp.org/strengthenmedicaretool.
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