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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published February 24, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN TO DISCUSS IMPACT POSSIBLE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD HAVE ON SENIORS AT BYKOTA SENIOR CENTER



Senator Also Will Talk about Important Benefits for Seniors Contained in Health Care Law

On Monday, February 28, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will discuss the need for "good-faith negotiations" to avoid a possible government shutdown, which would hurt seniors and could jeopardize our economic recovery. Unless Congress and the President agree on a budget, the federal government could shutdown on March 4. On February 19, the House of Representatives passed a budget that fails to adequately fund Social Security and other government agencies. If there is a government shutdown, seniors could be impacted. Depending on the length of the shutdown, Maryland seniors who receive Social Security benefits and Medicare providers could see their payments delayed. There also could be a delay in funding to fully implement benefits for seniors in the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act contains important benefits for seniors, including: a 50% discount on all brand-name medicines for seniors who fall into the prescription drug gap, improved solvency for the Medicare program and $230 billion over 10 years to reduce the federal budget deficit.

* WHAT: Senator Cardin to discuss what government shutdown would mean to Maryland seniors

* WHEN:
Monday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m.

* WHERE: Bykota Senior Center,
611 Central Ave., Towson, MD