NARFE president attends White House meeting
Joseph A. Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), attended a meeting July 16 at the White House to discuss issues affecting seniors in America. "The meeting highlighted how budget cuts, especially to Medicare and Medicaid, would affect older Americans," Beaudoin said following the meeting. The meeting was part of the White House Community Leaders Briefing Series, which gives grass-roots leaders a special opportunity to have a dialogue with the White House about issues that affect their communities. "We are grateful that the administration invited us to hear about some of the issues that concern NARFE members, and we will continue to build these relationships to secure the well-being of our nation's active and retired federal employees," Beaudoin said.
"We received briefings from officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration and the Office of Management and Budget, as well as a 30-minute talk on senior issues by Vice President Joe Biden. We also heard from individuals who told us how cuts in federal benefits would affect them and their lifestyles. We need to make sure that Medicare and Medicaid benefits continue to be there, for NARFE members and all of America's current and future seniors," Beaudoin said.
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