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AARP Launches Shore Tour To Save Social Security, Medicare

PHOTO: AARP Maryland is launching its “Tour of the Shore” community conversations this week in Ocean City, Cambridge and Salisbury.
PHOTO: AARP Maryland is launching its “Tour of the Shore” community conversations this week in Ocean City, Cambridge and Salisbury.
September 23, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - This is the week for seniors on Maryland's Eastern Shore to make their voices heard, as AARP Maryland launches its "Tour of the Shore" community conversations.

With Washington embroiled in another bitter budget fight, AARP Maryland wants to make sure retirees, who are increasingly moving to the shore, are a part of the debate.

AARP Maryland advocacy director Tammy Bresnahan said educational forums this week in Cambridge, Ocean City and Salisbury will let seniors know what is on the line in Congress this fall.

"They have to decide the budget by Oct. 30 or the government shuts down," she said, "and we believe that some of the negotiations that are going on could affect Social Security and Medicare."

Eighty-five percent of senior citizens in Maryland receive Social Security benefits.

Bresnahan said AARP Maryland will use the information it gathers from seniors on the shore to lobby Congress over the next few weeks.

Maryland seniors also are increasingly burdened by higher energy bills, and utilities are preparing to add new surcharges, Bresnahan warned.

"We also know that a critical piece of aging in place, or staying in your home, is affordable and reliable utilities, so we will also be talking about that," she said.

To follow this week's events on Twitter, check out #sayontheshore, or follow AARP Maryland on Facebook.

Information about the "Tour of the Shore" community forums is available at http://states.aarp.org.

Alison Burns, Public News Service - MD