Fight for our se­niors

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

This Sept. 11 is Na­tional Grand­par­ents Day. While some grand­par­ents across our na­tion might get a tele­phone call or a note from a loved one, it is more im­por­tant to fo­cus on more cru­cial is­sues fac­ing older Amer­i­cans.

Re­tire­ment and how to af­ford it, is one crit­i­cal is­sue that con­cerns se­niors. Our health­care costs have soared. A new study by Fi­delity says cou­ples need $260,000 in re­tire­ment just to pay our end of Medi­care pre­mi­ums and out-of­pocket med­i­cal costs.

These high med­i­cal costs are why it’s nec­es­sary that re­tirees have a loud voice in Congress, in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and in our own state cap­i­tals, to fight to pre­serve the health­care and earned re­tire­ment ben­e­fits we earned.

Mem­bers of Congress are pay­ing more at­ten­tion this year be­cause elec­tion sea­son is the per­fect time for se­niors to stand up and be heard. They want our votes. Sud­denly, we’re vis­i­ble.

I’m a mem­ber of the non­profit group Pro­tec­tSe­niors.Org, which ad­vo­cates for re­tiree pro­tec­tions. It is crit­i­cal for all re­tirees to get be­hind this re­tiree pro­tec­tion group to save their hard-earned ben­e­fits. This year and next, let’s hope that Congress does more for Amer­ica’s grand­par­ents than just send­ing a “Grand­par­ents Day” card. Leonard Bryant, Wal­dorf

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