Providing the Facts About Medicare & Health Care Reform

Patients Aware has connected America’s seniors with front-line healthcare experts nationwide to help close that information gap.  Doctors, nurses and other care providers are among the most trusted sources of health care information for seniors and their families.  Together, with the support of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation, the National Physicians Alliance, and the Herndon Alliance, these providers have reached out to seniors and their families in two telephone town hall meetings. In September 2012 approximately 45,000 individuals representing members from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Alliance for Retired Americans  (ARA) participated in the educational forum.  Presenters for the September tele-town hall meeting included Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee, NPA President Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, ARA President Barbara Easterling  and Dr. Carroll Estes, Chair of the National Committee Foundation who provided expertise on the Affordable Care Act.  The initial kick-off of the tele-town hall outreach effort was in December 2011 and involved 60,000 individuals who received information from the same panel of experts. Additional educational outreach is anticipated in 2013.

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Julie Tippens

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare