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AETN invites questions about the future of Social Security, Medicare

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) invites viewer questions for the live, call-in program "You’ve Earned a Say on Social Security and Medicare," airing Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m.

In Arkansas, 647,077 people receive Social Security benefits, and 543,000 receive Medicare benefits, according to AARP Arkansas. Arkansans have earned the coverage, benefits, protections and guarantees of Medicare and Social Security, and these programs will face a number of challenges in the coming years, including changing demographics and rising health costs. "You’ve Earned a Say" will allow viewers to participate in a conversation about protecting and strengthening these programs now and in the future.

"Social Security and Medicare are programs of vital importance to Arkansans, who count on these programs to provide the foundation of income security and health care they need in retirement," Maria Reynolds-Diaz, AARP Arkansas state director, said. "Arkansans have paid into Social Security and Medicare all their working lives.

"They have definitely earned a say in the future of these programs. AARP looks forward to the upcoming AETN call-in show to continue the ongoing conversation on these important issues."

Panelists include: Robert G. Romasco, national AARP president; Sally Johnson, Beneficiary Relations director, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care; and Reynolds-Diaz.Viewers may submit questions and comments by phone, 1-800-662-2386, or e-mail, paffairs@aetn.org.

Pamela Smith hosts. "You’ve Earned a Say on Social Security and Medicare" is underwritten by AARP Arkansas.

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