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You’ve Earned a Say Conversations in Utah

A voice has been missing from the political debate over the future of Social Security and Medicare – yours. AARP wants to fix that.

For more than a year, the President and Congress have been talking about changes to Medicare and Social Security as part of a budget deal without any discussion about how changes would affect you and your family. The Utah Legislature passed legislation to join a health care compact that would gives states power over Medicare without first assessing the impact on beneficiaries. And they approved a resolution supporting a Social Security solvency plan in Congress that would cut benefits.

See also: You’ve Earned a Say Questionnaire

Enough is enough. We’re taking the debate out from behind the closed doors in Washington, and launching You’ve Earned a Say – a national conversation to ensure you and the people of Utah have a say in the future of Medicare and Social Security.

We call the effort “You’ve Earned a Say” because you’ve earned your benefits by paying into Social Security and Medicare for years. You deserve to know what changes politicians are putting on the table and how they will affect you and your family. We will be holding several conversations in Utah and welcome the public regardless of age or membership in AARP.

Here is a list of the You’ve Earned a Say conversations we have scheduled so far:

Thursday, April 12 5:00 pm—7:00 pm
Mt. Olympus Senior Center
1635 East Murray-Holladay Road
Salt Lake City, UT

Friday, May 11 5:00 pm—6:30 pm
St. George Senior Center
245 North 200 West
St. George, UT

Saturday, May 12 8:30 am—12:30 pm
Southern Utah University
Hunter Conference Center
351 West University Blvd
Cedar City, UT
(Held in conjunction with Staying Sharp/Fraud Forum)

Saturday, June 16 8:30 am—12:30 pm
Grand County Community Center
182 North 500 West
Moab, UT
(Held in conjunction with Staying Sharp/Fraud Forum)

Saturday, August 18 8:30 am—12:30 pm
Davis Conference Center
1651 North 700 West
Layton, UT
(Held in conjunction with Staying Sharp/Fraud Forum)

To register for any of these events, call toll-free 1-877-926-8300.

Here in Utah, 324,136 residents depend on Social Security benefits to help pay the bills every month, and 286,630 Utahns count on Medicare to help them afford health care, including guaranteed coverage for doctors, hospitals and prescription drugs.

That’s why we’re going to ensure that you have easy access to information about the programs and the challenges they face, free of Washington spin and jargon. The You’ve Earned a Say website will give you straightforward information and enable you to share your ideas about how to strengthen these programs with Congress and the political candidates.

This dialogue takes on extra meaning in an election year. We urge candidates for Congress and the White House to be forthcoming about their plans for Social Security and Medicare. Voters have a right to know their views, so they can weigh them carefully in evaluating candidates and making the best decisions for themselves and their families.

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