AARP Leaders to Head to DC to Oppose Cuts

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut AARP leaders and members are heading to Washington, D.C., to oppose potential cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits.

The group is scheduled to participate in a nationwide lobbying day Wednesday drawing thousands of older Americans and their advocates to the Capitol.

It comes as a Congressional panel faces a Thanksgiving deadline to propose at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next 10 years. AARP officials worry Social Security and Medicare could be affected.

Nearly 563,000 Connecticut residents are on Medicare, the federal benefits program for people ages 65 and older.

About half of Connecticut residents ages 65 and older also rely on Social Security for at least 50 percent of their family income. Nearly one in every five rely on it for 90 percent or more.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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