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AETN examines Social Security, Medicare for Arkansans
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AETN examines Social Security, Medicare for Arkansans


“Will Social Security and Medicare be There for You?” will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

This program will discuss what the future holds for Social Security, Medicare and aging Arkansans.

According to AARP Arkansas, more than 600,000 Arkansans rely on Social Security and/or Medicare benefits. No state has a higher percentage – 63 percent – of older Americans relying on Social Security for 50 percent or more of their family income.

The Social Security Administration recently announced a 3.6 percent benefit increase for 2012. This is the first cost-of-living adjustment since 2009. Additionally, Medicare is not only a concern for seniors, but also for doctors, hospitals and other providers of health care.

Panelists for the program include: Gaye Humphrey, outreach specialist, Dallas Regional Office of External Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Eric McKisick, district manager, Sherwood District Office, Social Security Administration; Herb Sanderson, associate state director for advocacy, AARP Arkansas; and Melissa Simpson, director, Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Arkansas Insurance Department.

Steve Barnes hosts. The program is underwritten by AARP Arkansas.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).

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