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AARP to Begin Listening Tour

This summer, there will be another chance for South Dakotans to weigh in on the future of Medicare and Social Security. Last year, members of A-A-R-P South Dakota held meetings in each of the state’s 66 counties as part of their “You’ve Earned a Say” campaign. The group’s advocacy director, Erik Nelson, says they’re doing it again – and now, they want to hear how people feel about the changes that are being discussed for Social Security and Medicare.

The meetings will be in 11 South Dakota towns this summer, with the first stop this Thursday in Sioux Falls, at the Center for Active Generations at 1 p-m. There is some debate that Social Security should be included in the negotiations over the federal deficit. Nelson says A-A-R-P doesn’t think that is necessary.

Nelson says people who attend the meetings will be asked to help them form consensus on both Medicare and Social Security.

The final meeting in the series will be held in Rapid City in late July.

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