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Rep. Tom Reed Continues Senior Citizen Outreach on Protecting Social Security and Medicare;

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Washington, DC, March 18, 2013 | comments

Reed visits Emeritus at Painted Post retirement community to meet with residents and family members

 Rep. Tom Reed continues his outreach to senior citizens in the 23rd district with a visit to Emeritus at Painted Post Retirement Community to talk with residents and listen to their concerns.

“We hear from many of our senior citizens that they are worried about any plans that would cut their Social Security and Medicare benefits,” Reed said. “That is why it is important we reach out and make it clear there are no proposals we support that cut benefits for those currently receiving, or nearing eligibility for, these benefits. 

“Our senior citizens need to be covered today and our future generations deserve to be protected tomorrow. Under the status quo and the President and Senate’s proposal, Medicare is slated to go bankrupt in 2024 with Social Security not far behind in 2033. The honest truth is, if we continue to ignore the writing on the wall, we are guaranteeing all 54-year-olds and younger no Medicare at all.”

The town hall-style meeting included a question and answer session for residents to share their thoughts and concerns. In addition to discussions at Emeritus, Reed held live tele-town halls for constituents while he was in Washington last week. The conversation largely centered around the unsustainable path both programs are on.

Reed also highlighted the Rural Hospital Access Act, an initiative he is introducing with Senator Schumer to help both Medicare Dependent Hospitals (MDH) and Low-Volume Hospitals (LVH). “Because of the significance and frequency of rural hospitals in our district, we have to be always mindful of ways to ensure they are able to continue to provide high-quality care to patients.”

New York’s 23rd Congressional District has three Medicare Dependent Hospitals (MDH) and seven Low-Volume Hospitals (LVH). 


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