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Nevada First Stop in West for Citizens to “Have Say” on Key Issues

August 3, 2012

LAS VEGAS – The Silver State is stop number one today on the Western leg of the "You've Earned a Say" roadshow - as AARP reaches out to get voters' views on such key issues as Medicare and Social Security. Carla Sloan, state director for AARP Nevada, says the goal of the campaign is to provide balanced information to voters so they can make intelligent choices about crucial policy changes now being debated in Congress.

"You've Earned a Say is taking the debate about Medicare and Social Security out from behind closed doors in Washington and bringing it here to Nevada."

Nevadans can board the "You've Earned the Say" trailer and record a video message of their views for lawmakers in Washington, D.C. The colorful display should be easy to spot at the Hot August Nights event in Lake Tahoe, adds Sloan.

As part of the national debate, the Ryan budget plan would shift Medicare to a voucher system for future beneficiaries. Sloan says more than 348,000 Nevadans currently rely on both programs.

Those who board the "You've Earned a Say" trailer will be able to take an interactive quiz, play games and participate in conversations on these hotly-contested issues, she adds.

"It will be fun and engaging for people to learn more about Social Security and Medicare if they wish. But most importantly, it's to let our leaders in Washington know what citizens believe is most important for the future of these programs."

This is the only stop for the road show in Nevada. It then heads to Montana, and will eventually link up with the East Coast "You've Earned A Say" trailer for appearances both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions this fall.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV