AARP Connecticut seeks the opinions and ideas of Connecticut residents about the future of Medicare and Social Security through a series of Community Conversations in local cities and towns, including Stamford on April 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church.

The events -- which are part of a national effort launched by AARP in March called You've Earned a Say -- seek 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.

According to a recent AARP survey, 95 percent of Americans think Washington should spend more time listening to ordinary citizens like them when it comes to decisions about Social Security and Medicare. In Connecticut, more than 622,000 residents receive Social Security, and more than 16 percent of them depend on it for 90 percent or more of their total income. Connecticut is also home to over 571,000 Medicare beneficiaries, who pay on average more than $6,000 in out-of-pocket health care costs each year.

To learn more about You've Earned a Say, visit:www.earnedasay.org or www.aarp.org/ct.

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