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Make Your Voice Heard on Listening Tour

Politicians are talking behind closed doors in Washington about the future of your Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Do you think you’ve earned a say about what happens to these benefits?

AARP Michigan does.

See also: You’ve Earned a Say Questionnaire

We’re conducting a listening tour across the state through fall so Michiganders can offer their ideas, opinions and concerns about their retirement and health security.

“Our members and all older Michiganders have paid into Social Security and Medicare throughout their working lives, and they should have an opportunity to make their voices heard on the future of these vital programs,” said Jacqueline Morrison, State Director of AARP Michigan.

In Michigan, nearly 2 million residents receive Social Security benefits, and for 23 percent of those people Social Security is 90 percent of their income. About 1.7 million Michiganders rely on Medicare for their health care coverage.

The AARP Michigan listening tour was launched earlier this month in Grand Rapids and Morrice and will make these scheduled stops, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, in the months ahead:

  • April 19 at Fellowship Chapel in Detroit.
  • June 7 at Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson
  • July 12 in Lansing, location to be determined.
  • Aug. 2 at the Holiday Inn West Bay in Traverse City
  • Sept. 13 at Sarvis Center in Flint

Come back to our state web page periodically to learn about other stops on the tour.

In addition, you may get a call to take part in the discussion during one of our Teletown Halls in May and November.

Participants will be asked to answer a questionnaire about Medicare and Social Security. The results will be shared with leaders in Washington. But you don’t have to attend one of the events to fill out the questionnaire. Just go to our Facebook page and click on You’ve Earned a Say on the left side of the page.

“Instead of talking about Medicare and Social Security as line items in the federal budget, Washington should be talking about how to strengthen health and retirement security and ensuring Americans have a voice in the debate,” said AARP CEO A. Barry Rand.

“You’ve Earned a Say is also about making sure that all Americans receive clear and balanced information about the programs and the proposals being debated in Washington. We need to make sure that all Americans have the facts.”