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Big Pumpkins and Big Ideas: AARP Iowa Opens a Fair "Listening Post"

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Friday, August 9, 2013   

DES MOINES, Iowa – Music, ribbons, animals, rides and food-on-a-stick.

The Iowa State Fair is underway, and AARP Iowa is there to take in the sights and food, along with opinions about Medicare and Social Security.

There's been talk in Washington that the two programs are at risk of going broke in the next few years. To sift through all the ideas about what to do, AARP Iowa has opened a listening post to get first-hand input.

AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern says several themes have been emerging.

"They're telling us to focus on lowering the drug cost, improving care coordination, and really cracking down on what they see as a lot of over-testing that goes on in the medical system that drives up cost,” he explains. “And then, of course, there is waste and fraud."

Sovern says there will be a series of events for the duration of the fair, which runs through Aug. 18, to see what ideas are palatable. And this year they're trying something different.

"Folks can come by, fill out a thought bubble, you know like the cartoonists use to have a character talking, and tell us a little about what you think should be done to secure and maintain Social Security or Medicare," he says.

Sovern adds the August recess when congressmen are back home, is a good time for Iowans to talk to their representatives about what they think the future of the programs should look like.





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