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Speak Out to Protect Your Benefits

As we continue to fight to protect Medicare and Social Security, all eyes are on the so-called “Supercommittee”, the bipartisan group established by Congress to identify ways to reduce the federal deficit. The Supercommittee’s 12 U.S. Senators and Representatives, including Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts are still considering potential cuts to Medicare and Social Security as part of a deal to pay the nation’s bills.

AARP believes we must stop Congress from making a political deal that cuts your Medicare and Social Security benefits. Instead of cutting the benefits you’ve worked for, Congress should reduce the deficit by cutting waste and closing tax loopholes.

The cost of cuts

Now more than ever, seniors and middle class Americans rely on the retirement benefits they’ve paid into their entire lives. In these tough economic times, cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits could dramatically increase seniors’ health care costs, threaten their access to doctors and hospitals and reduce the benefit checks they rely on to pay the bills.

Real people, not numbers

About a million Massachusetts residents rely on Medicare. They pay an average of $5,500 annually, out of their own pockets, for medical expenses. And, that number is rising every year. Meanwhile, their Social Security benefits remain modest by any standard, at approximately $14,000 a year. But these are not just statistics and numbers. These are real people – our families, our friends, our communities.

We want to hear from you

You have earned a voice in any discussion about the future of Medicare and Social Security. Join us and speak out about what Medicare and Social Security means to you, and help us send a message to Congress and the Supercommittee.

Community Conversation Event Series: Speak Out

Share your thoughts on Medicare, Social Security, and other important advocacy issues affecting you, your family, and your community.

Events are free and refreshments will be served. Reserve your seat today; advance registration is requested. Email ma@aarp.org, or call 1-866-448-3621.

Barnstable Senior Center
Oct. 24, 12-2 pm
825 Falmouth Road
Hyannis, MA 02601

Plymouth Senior Center
Oct. 26, 2-4 pm
10 Cordage Park Circle, Suite #108
Plymouth, MA 02360

Wellfleet Senior Center
Oct. 27, 2-4 pm
715 Old King's Highway
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Quincy Senior Center
Oct. 28, 12-2 pm
Kennedy Center
440 East Squantum Street
Quincy, MA 02171

Saltmarsh Senior Center
Nov. 3, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
81 Washington Street
Nantucket, MA 02554

Tisbury Senior Center
Nov. 7, 1-3 pm
34 Pine Tree Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Claire Teague Senior Center
Nov. 14, 2-4 pm
917 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Adams Community Center
Nov. 15, time to be determined
20 East Street
Adams, MA 01220

Lee Library
Nov. 16, 12 – 2 pm
100 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238-1614

The Ralph J. Froio Senior Center
Nov. 17, 9:30 – 11:30 am
330 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

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