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Hoosiers have earned say about Medicare, Social Security

95.1 percent, 99.6 percent and 68 percent. Pretty significant percentages, right?

95.1 percent of Hoosier seniors received Social Security benefits in 2010.

99.6 percent of eligible Hoosier seniors were enrolled in Medicare in 2009.

68 percent of Indiana residents age 50-plus voted in the 2010 election.

How many of them were involved in the closed-door, back-room meetings in Washington last year when politicians were talking about cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits as part of a budget deal? Not a single one.

AARP wants to fix that. We recently launched "You've Earned a Say," a national conversation on the future of Medicare and Social Security. The goal is simple and straightforward: to ensure that all Americans have a say in any debate about these vital programs. After all, these are your hard-earned benefits; your voice should count!

To that end, AARP Indiana will hold events throughout the state in the coming months in an effort to gather your views about how to keep Medicare and Social Security strong for the long haul. Please check the AARP Indiana website (www.aarp.org/in) for "You've Earned a Say" events near you.

In the meantime, I'd encourage you to make your voice heard immediately by filling out a questionnaire online at www.earnedasay.org. There, you can also find information about Medicare and Social Security and the challenges they face, free of Washington spin and jargon. The results of the questionnaires, both the online version and paper forms, will be shared with Congress and the presidential candidates. The next president and Congress could very well decide the future of these programs that could affect you and your family for years to come.

Please don't sit on the sidelines on this one. Hoosiers like you have worked hard and contributed with every paycheck to Medicare and Social Security. You've earned a say, and AARP wants to hear it.

June Lyle, AARP Indiana State Director
June 20, 2012

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