- Grill Hotline Open for Holiday
- Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Tuna
- Grand Jury Indictments in Gray Case
- First Interview with Attorney General
- Flavor Flav Arrested in Vegas
- County, State Fairs Call Off Bird Events
- Safety Break on Interstate 380
- Johnson Co. Emergency Services Building
- Discussing Rooftop Dining in IC
- Holiday BBQ On A Budget
- CBJ Report: May 21st
- Hope Blooms at Kennedy High School
- Universities Join Together to Collect Debt
- Suspect in Mansion Murder Named
- BSA Leader Calls for Repeal of Ban
- ConAgra Expanding Waterloo Plant
- Huckabee Skipping Straw Poll
- Bin Laden Love Letters?
- Bacon Prices Falling
- House Passes Fireworks Bill
- Appeal in CR Gun Smuggling Case
- After Dave, What's Next for Late Night?
- Crowded Stage Expected for GOP Debates
- Police Officer Killed in Omaha
- Oil Spill Continues to Spread
- Lawmakers Spar over Education Funding
- RAGBRAI Volunteers Needed in Hiawatha
- Healthcare Experts Discourage Co-Sleeping
- Teen Faces Felony Charges for Stabbing
- CFRD Fight Fire at Paper Mill
- Looking Back at a Late Night Legend
- SPECIAL REPORT: Hope for Maggie
- Building Change to Improve Downtown IC
- CRCSD, Mercy Launch Online Health Record
- Rep. Blum Intends to Keep Campaign Promise
- Auto Recall Will Take 'Years' to Fix
- 2 More Farms Positive for Bird Flu
- Chelsea Man Killed in Crash
- Appeals Court Upholds Murder Conviction
- DEA Conducts Record Heroin Bust
- Secret Space Rocket Launches
- DA Joining Oil Spill Investigation
- Trump Talks Straw Poll
- House Proposes New School Funding Increase
- Chauncey Hearing Extended to June
- Man Rescued from Corn Bin
- Inside The Storm: Parkersburg Tornado
- Linn County Helps with Bird Disposal
- Working to Reduce Crime
- Iowa Ranks Low for Women-Owned Business
Seniors Speak Out at AARP Event
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:14 PM CDT
WATERLOO (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- One by one seniors spoke out about their concerns for the future.
"Our health situation changes from year to year," said AARP member Beverly Trost.
At 74, Trost says paying for healthcare has been hard.
Within the last three years, she's been diagnosed with asthma, osteoporosis and has had seven cancer screenings.
"I couldn't afford a Medicare advantage plan anymore because of the chronic illnesses that were beginning to develop," Trost said.
She's one of more than 75 seniors speaking out at AARP’s "You've Earned A Say" event- a town hall which breaks down Medicare, from its cost to ways to make it better.
"People have paid into these programs,” said Anthony Carroll, advocacy director of Iowa AARP. “They expect and rely on them to live a healthy lifestyle and stay out of poverty."
Recent talks of slashing some of those programs have many seniors concerned. For example, in the next 12 years Medicare won't be able to fully fund hospital costs.
In Iowa alone, more than 400,000 seniors rely on social security and Medicare.
And with its price going up, seniors like Beverly say they're afraid they won't be able to keep up.
"If inflation continues to go up, the value of my income is just about wiped out," Trost said.
The results from the surveys and questionnaires will go to state leaders and ultimately to Washington D.C.