WASHINGTON — AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins released the following statement in response to the Medicare and Social Security Trustees’ reports released today:
“Medicare and Social Security are more crucial than ever as Americans face the one-two punch of the coronavirus’s health and economic consequences. The security provided by Social Security’s guaranteed benefits and Medicare’s health coverage is indispensable. Today’s reports show that both programs remain strong. However, it is crucial for Congress to come together in a bipartisan way to address the long-term funding challenges to ensure individuals will get the benefits they have earned. One way to protect Medicare is to lower the cost of health care and prescription drug prices. AARP is heartened that recent legislation will help older Americans and provide economic stimulus, while ensuring that the Social Security and Medicare trust funds will be made whole as employer payroll tax payments are delayed. We stand ready to work with Congress and the Administration to improve the health and financial security of all Americans.”
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.
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