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AARP asks Connecticut residents to “have their say”

By AARP Connecticut

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AARP Connecticut is asking state residents to share their ideas and concerns about various options being discussed in Washington, D.C. to reform Social Security and Medicare. As part of AARP’s You’ve Earned a Say effort launched earlier this year, the Association is hosting a second series of Community Forums in local cities in Connecticut this summer (see below for complete list of upcoming events and RSVP information).

AARP launched You’ve Earned a Say in March 2012 as a way to take the debate about Medicare and Social Security out from behind closed doors in Washington and give ordinary citizens a voice in the discussion about their future. To date, AARP has conducted listening tours in all 50 states and has heard from over 2 million Americans, including more than 10,000 Connecticut residents, both in-person and through online questionnaires.

“You’ve Earned a Say is all about listening to our member’s and the public’s concerns and ideas about the future of Social Security and Medicare, and making sure their voices are heard by our elected leaders in Washington, D.C.” said AARP Connecticut Advocacy Director, John Erlingheuser. “Our upcoming forums are a great way for people to learn more about the options being discussed by politicians, candidates and policy experts and how the changes could impact them and their families, without all the partisan spin and rhetoric.”

AARP commissioned experts from The Heritage Foundation, The Brookings Institute, The National Academy for Social Insurance and Avalere Health to analyze 12 options for reforming Social Security and 15 options for reforming Medicare and provide the pros and cons for each in straightforward language, without political spin or jargon. The information is available at: The site also includes a questionnaire, fact sheets, and interactive tools that let individuals try their hand at filling the funding gap. It also gives visitors the option to send a message to their member of Congress and the presidential candidates.

Of the more than 10,000 Connecticuters who have responded to AARP’s questionnaire to date, 86 percent said they believe that Medicare and Social Security will need some combination of more funding or benefit changes. The majority of respondents (58 percent) think Social Security is OK as is or needs only minor changes, while 54 percent feel the same about Medicare. Only 18 percent of respondents believe Social Security is in immediate crisis and only 14 percent believe Medicare is in immediate crisis.

Connecticut residents can make their voices heard by attending one of the local events listed below, or by filling out a questionnaire and sending a message to their elected representatives online at To RSVP for an upcoming event, please call 1-877-926-8300. Registration is required.

You’ve Earned a Say Community Forums in Connecticut:

Wednesday August 15, 2012
The Baldwin Center
1000 West Broad Street
Stratford, CT 06615

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Enfield Senior Center
299 Elm Street
Enfield, CT 06082

Monday August 20, 2012
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Hirsch Hall
2385 Park Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Western CT Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA)
84 Progress Lane, Second Floor
Waterbury, CT 06705

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Cheshire Senior Center
240 Maple Avenue
Cheshire, CT 06410

Monday, August 27, 2012
North End Senior Center
80 Coventry Street
Hartford, CT 06112

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
New Britain Public Library
20 High Street
New Britain, CT 06051

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
1:00pm – 3:00pm
East Hampton Senior Center
105 Main Street
East Hampton, CT

To RSVP for any of these events, please call 1-877-926-8300.

To learn more about You’ve Earned a Say, visit:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, our bilingual multimedia platform for Hispanic members; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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