EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSocial Security Unscathed By Potential Government Shutdown
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Reported by: Taisha Walker
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Sep. 30, 2013 11:58 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 30, 2013 12:56 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The government deadline clock is ticking away in Washington, D.C., and if you receive Social Security benefits, you might want to know how a government shutdown would affect you.
In spite of what could happen in the nation's capitol, Social Security benefits will be paid and Medicare will still be available, Gaylene Miller, state director for AARP in West Virginia said Monday.
Miller said Social Security affects the pocketbooks of 285,000 West Virginians, not to mention the economy. In 2012, West Virginians received $6 billion in Social Security benefits.
While Miller said she is happy those earned benefits will not be affected, she said there is another financial matter in Washington that should be causing concern.
"What should be on the minds of folks is the debt ceiling debate coming back into play is the president's proposal for Chain CPI, which would actually reduce Social Security benefits for current beneficiaries," Miller said.
A chain-weighted CPI (Consumer Price Index) is used to gauge inflation.
The AARP state director is encouraging West Virginians to contact their members of Congress to voice their concerns about the debt ceiling. The number to call is (800) 323-2230.
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