A campaign was launched by AARP on Monday to protect Medicare after proposals in Congress that would hurt Mississippians who have paid into the program throughout their working lives.
In a release by AARP they say that changing the Medicare voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for current and future retirees. They have begun meeting with members of Congress to underscore the proposal.
They say an estimated 534,249 seniors’ benefits would be at risk and the risk of losing benefits for 571,969 workers who are 50-64 and currently paying into the system.
“Older Mississippians depend on Medicare for affordable healthcare,” said AARP Mississippi State Director Kimberly L. Campbell, Esq. “A voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for current and future retirees. It could mean many thousands of dollars out of their own pockets.”
The average senior who is making under $25,000 and spending one out of every six dollars on health care counts on Social Security for the majority of their income and on Medicare for access to affordable health coverage.
AARP’s Public Policy Institute also but a new detailed analyses about Medicare, including fact sheets, and Premium Support and the Impact on Medicare Beneficiaries.
To find out more about the campaign visit www.aarp.org/protectmedicare.