AARP Says Benefit Changes Could Harm New Yorkers

Dec 4, 2012

John Rother, Senior Policy Director for AARP
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  With the "fiscal cliff" looming, AARP is warning that changes being considered for Social Security and Medicare could harm older New Yorkers.

The clock is ticking closer to the end-of-year deadline to avert the fiscal cliff, which is a combination of the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and automatic, across-the-board spending cuts. Some economists say the combination could send the economy back into recession.

AARP says a move being considered by Congress to increase the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 would affect 331,713 New Yorkers.

The group says a proposal to change the way cost of living adjustments are calculated for Social Security could take roughly $7 billion out of the pockets of New York beneficiaries over the next decade.


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