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From Washington DC to Washington MO

More than 100 individuals from the Washington, Missouri metropolitan area convened to participate in You’ve Earned a Say community conversation convened by AARP National President Robert “Rob” Romasco on Aug. 2 and hosted by AARP Missouri.

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You’ve Earned a Say, a national conversation about strengthening Social Security and Medicare, was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Washington, MO, from 10 a.m. until noon followed by a light lunch. The event focused on Medicare and five of the 15 options being debated inside the Beltway of Washington, DC.

“At AARP, we believe it’s time for that debate to come into the open and ensure people in Washington, MO have a say in the future of Medicare and Social Security,” Romasco told the audience. “When it comes to the future of Medicare, AARP is committed to ensuring this program continues to guarantee that future seniors have affordable, quality health care.”

“This AARP You’ve Earned a Say event offered us an opportunity to have an open and honest conversation that focused on Medicare,” said Craig Eichelman, AARP Missouri state director. “We are in the process of soliciting comments, opinions and feedback nationwide about strengthening both Social Security and Medicare. We are encouraging discussion about the options that are being discussed. We are listening – and we will share that information with our federal legislators.”

AARP Missouri Associate State Director for Advocacy Norma Collins and Associate State Director for Community Outreach Diane Hall facilitated the conversation. The audience had ample opportunity to voice their opinions about options being debated through an open-mike response method.

Following the interactive presentation, participants had an opportunity to discuss in more detail proposed Medicare options during roundtable discussions facilitated by AARP Missouri volunteers and staff. Each participant was also encouraged to complete a questionnaire about Medicare and Social Security that will be shared with legislators and the AARP National Board of Directors.

“According to research, 95 percent of Americans think Washington should spend more time listening to ordinary citizens when it comes to decisions about Social Security and Medicare,” Eichelman added. “This AARP You’ve Earned a Say event offered us an opportunity to have an open and honest conversation that focused on Medicare.”

Romasco told the crowd, “AARP is committed to making sure your views get to the decision makers in Washington, DC. You have earned a say.”