Alert
Close

Top the Trizzle leaderboard by 5 p.m. Friday to win a $100 gift card! Learn more

Highlights

Open
AARP Real Possibilities

 

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

Car buying made easy with the AARP Auto Buying Program

MOST POPULAR

Viewed

Where AARP Stands

Protect Social Security and Medicare During Budget Debates

Don't shift the costs to cash-strapped seniors

For nearly 50 years, AARP has been committed to protecting Medicare and Social Security benefits for the millions of Americans who have paid into these programs.

That work is especially critical today as the discussion on how to reduce the federal budget deficit continues to occupy center stage in Washington.

While the fiscal cliff agreement reached on New Year's Day includes important retirement security provisions, we still need lasting solutions to the long-term challenges facing Social Security and Medicare. But we cannot allow our elected leaders to shift the cost of balancing the budget onto the backs of resource-strapped seniors.

Learn more about what AARP has been doing to make sure your voice is heard

The fiscal cliff deal included important provisions for older Americans and their families:

  • The agreement delays for another year a drastic pay cut for Medicare doctors. (This is the so-called doc fix.)

  • Benefits for the long-term unemployed have been extended.

  • The "tax holiday," which reduced by 2 percent the share that working Americans pay into Social Security, ended. This will help restore the program's dedicated funding stream.

  • The deal also protects funding for key Medicaid programs, which will help millions who rely on them for their health and long-term care.

  • Sadly, the agreement repealed the Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) Act, a voluntary long-term care insurance system. But Congress set up a Commission on Long Term Care, which will explore ways to support family caregivers and to help people stay in their homes and communities.

Long-term solutions, not quick fixes

As the budget discussions continue over the next few months, AARP remains deeply concerned about proposals to cut Social Security and Medicare. Instead of implementing harmful cuts, Washington should seek responsible solutions that address the long-term concerns facing these programs — such as reducing health care costs for everyone.

And while the doc fix offers a temporary patch, AARP urges Congress and the president to find a permanent and fiscally responsible way to provide fair pay to Medicare doctors.

On behalf of our 37 million members and all Americans who have earned their Social Security and Medicare benefits, AARP will continue working to foster an open, thoughtful public conversation about how best to strengthen these programs for today's older people and for future generations.

Strengthening Social Security

Americans have been paying into Social Security for more than 75 years and collecting these earned benefits when they retire. Currently, Social Security has enough money in its coffers to pay 100 percent of the promised benefits for the next 20 years. After that, there are sufficient funds to cover 75 percent of promised benefits. However, with gradual and modest adjustments, we can ensure that future generations will receive the benefits they've worked for.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Grandson (8-9) whispering to grandfather, close-up

Members save 20% on digital hearing aids with AARP® Hearing Care Program from HearUSA.

AARP Discounts on Consumer Cellular Phones and Plans

Members save 5% on monthly service and usage charges with Consumer Cellular.

Woman holding smartphone in city, Google map tool

Members can locate discounts via the AARP® Member Advantages Offer Finder mobile app.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.