Older Bay Staters have earned their Medicare and Social Security benefits by working hard for decades. But those benefits are at risk: Congress is considering harmful cuts to both Medicare and Social Security as part of a deal to control the nation's debt. Current proposals would very likely trigger cuts to Medicare benefits or jeopardize access to care for current and future enrollees. And some people want to cut Social Security to reduce a federal deficit it didn’t cause.
See Also: Fight to Protect Medicare and Social Security
In Massachusetts, more than 1.1 million residents currently rely on Social Security and more than a million count on Medicare: these programs help beneficiaries pay their bills, see their doctors and live with dignity.
According to a recent AARP survey, Massachusetts residents age 50 and older say health and economic issues remain the biggest challenges for people as they get older. The vast majority report Social Security (85%) and Medicare (88%) are extremely important to them, and they worry about the programs meeting their needs.
Join the fight to keep Social Security and Medicare strong. There are many different ways to make a difference.
Attend Our Event
If you live in the greater Springfield area, speak out on how you think Medicare and Social Security can be strengthened without causing harmful cuts to today’s seniors or tomorrow’s retirees.
Protect Social Security and Medicare
June 22, 10 am to 12 pm
Basketball Hall of Fame, Theatre
1000 West Columbus Avenue, Springfield
RSVP by June 13 by registering online or by calling 1-866-448-3621.
AARP Massachusetts needs your help to educate and engage Bay State residents in conversations about strengthening Medicare and Social Security.
Possible activities include:
- Give presentations to groups in your community
- Represent AARP at events by staffing an information table
- Facilitate community conversations
- Host a house party to talk about the issues with your friends and family
- Collect stories about how Medicare and Social Security have helped your friends, neighbors, and others in the community
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper
- Engage in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter
Send a Message
It’s time to tell our nation’s leaders: don’t jeopardize the retirement security of seniors and future generations. You can send an email or call 1-888-722-8514 to connect with your Member of Congress: tell them to protect Social Security and Medicare.