4:46pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Group Seeks Input on Medicare, Social Security

AARP Holding Town Meetings Statewide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The AARP will host town hall meetings across the state to give Tennesseans a chance to provide input on the future of Medicare and Social Security.

Meetings are planned for Johnson City, Knoxville, Nashville and Jackson on April 4, and in Memphis on April 5.

According to AARP, a new survey finds that most Americans believe lawmakers in Washington are making too many decisions about Medicare and Social Security behind closed doors and not listening to the public.

Karin Miller is an AARP spokesperson.

“We want to make sure that we have a say in that, and we’ve earned it. We’ve paid into the program for all of our working lives, and no one in Washington should be making decisions about these critical benefits without including us in those conversations.”

Miller says that, beyond the public meetings, AARP is offering several other opportunities for Tennesseans to express their opinions, including small group meetings, conference calls, and online surveys.