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Representatives from AARP West Virginia will join members from across the nation June 12 to talk with members of Congress about their opposition to President Barack Obama's proposed Social Security benefit cut.

The cut is also known as Chained Consumer Price Index, or Chained CPI.

U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Tex., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, hosted a hearing in April to focus on using the Chained Consumer Price Index to determine the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment, which was included in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget.

Social Security beneficiaries receive an increase in their benefits, known as the cost-of-living adjustment when there is inflation.

AARP West Virginia also plans to talk about potential solutions to strengthen Medicare.

"West Virginians want Washington to listen to them when it comes to Medicare and Social Security," AARP West Virginia State Director Gaylene Miller said in a prepared statement. "Our families, friends and neighbors have made their voices heard online, at community meetings and events across the state, and today we're bringing their message to the halls of Congress."

AARP West Virginia representatives plan to meet with West Virginia's Congressional delegation throughout the day to urge members to have a separate debate on Social Security and to support specific proposals that would strengthen Medicare, according to information from AARP West Virginia.

"By taking action on items that include reducing waste and inefficiency, improving care coordination and reforming Medicare's payment incentives to West Virginia's doctors and hospitals for providing good care, Medicare can remain strong in the future," AARP West Virginia State President Randy Myers said in a prepared statement.