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A Voice is Missing in the Debate – Yours

A voice has been missing from the political debate over the future of Social Security and Medicare – yours. AARP wants to fix that. And in community conversations from the Cumberland Valley to the Purchase Area, Kentuckians are making their voices heard on the future of Social Security and Medicare.

See Also: You’ve Earned a Say

AARP volunteers and staff across the country have helped launch, You’ve Earned a Say, a national conversation about strengthening health and retirement security. AARP is working to take the debate about Medicare and Social Security out from behind closed doors in Washington and is making sure that all Americans have a voice in the discussion about their future.

You’ve Earned a Say offers Kentuckians a platform to make their voices heard in the future of Medicare and Social Security. And so far, we’ve heard from thousands of Kentucky members loud and clear – Social Security and Medicare are critical for Kentuckians.

Your voice matters, because Social Security and Medicare are the foundation of income and health security in retirement for most Americans – a role that has become even more important in today’s volatile economy.

In Kentucky, some 894,500 residents depend on Social Security benefits to help pay the bills every month, and 767,801 count on Medicare to help them afford health care, including guaranteed coverage for doctors, hospitals and prescription drugs.

In the coming months, AARP Kentucky volunteers and staff are sponsoring more community conversations, debates, webcasts, bus tours and other events – all with the goal of giving you a chance to state your views and offer ideas about how to keep Social Security and Medicare strong for the long haul.

If you are wondering why you should join this conversation, it is because your health and retirement security are at stake. Medicare is facing financial challenges, especially due to ever-rising costs in the broader health care system. More specifically, the Medicare fund that pays hospital bills will face a shortfall in 2024. Social Security can pay all promised benefits until about 2033, and after that, it can still pay 75%. That’s not good enough, however, so policy decisions will have to be made.

The next President and Congress could make decisions about the future of Social Security and Medicare that could affect you and your family for years to come.

That’s why AARP is making sure that you have easy access to facts about the programs and the challenges they face, free of Washington spin and jargon. Our 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.

Looking for a guest speaker at your group's next meeting? AARP Kentucky volunteers are ready to facilitate You've Earned a Say group conversations on health and retirement security - at no cost.

Contact AARP Kentucky to request a speaker toll-free 1-866-295-7275. Or, take our short questionnaire on Social Security and Medicare and be heard in Washington D.C. Watch what other Kentuckians have been saying at our YouTube channel.

AARP is working to make sure your voice is heard loud and clear. When it comes to the future of Social Security and Medicare, you’ve earned a say.

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