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On May 1, AARP Iowa launched a 100-day, 99-county effort to get Iowans talking about the future of Medicare and Social Security. Throughout the summer, we’ve engaged thousands of Iowans in “You’ve Earned a Say” events and conversations.

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We’ve heard firsthand how important Iowans believe these programs are for themselves and their families. They say they’ve paid into these programs and believe Washington isn’t asking what they think should be done to strengthen them for the future.

That’s why we’re providing Iowans with balanced information about Medicare and Social Security proposals that are being debated in Washington and on the campaign trail – the pros and cons – without the political jargon and spin.

We’ve hosted events in Johnson, Woodbury, Polk, Webster, Davis, Butler, Black Hawk, Cerro Gordo, Tama, Buchanan and Hardin counties. More sessions are planned throughout the summer, at the Iowa State Fair and at a series of events across the state this fall.

AARP National Vice President, Nancy LeaMond visited Iowa recently and commented on the remarkable level of excitement she observed in the Iowa volunteers. LeaMond also shared the spotlight with AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern in an interview with Iowa Press, which aired on Iowa Public Television and can also be viewed online.

You’ve Earned a Say conversations are open to the public and individuals of all ages are encouraged to attend. AARP membership is not necessary to participate. Dates for future sessions in additional Iowa counties can be found on the events calendar on our web page.

If you haven’t yet, please complete the You’ve Earned a Say online questionnaire, and look for more information about these and other local events on email, Facebook, Twitter, and in your local media. If you have a group or event you’d like to involve in a You’ve Earned a Say conversation, or if you’d like to volunteer in You’ve Earned a Say activities, send us an email at or visit us on Facebook.

You've Earned a Say conversations in Iowa are part of a broader conversations happening in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Thank you for your valuable contributions to the You’ve Earned a Say conversation. We continue to look forward to hearing your ideas on keeping Social Security and Medicare strong for today and future generations.

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