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Media Advisory: Medicare Part D is Topic of Aging Services Center Forum

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 10, 2005)

What: The Center for Excellence in Aging Services at the University at Albany will host an event to kick-off regional efforts to educate seniors on the new Medicare Prescription Drug benefit. Three levels of government will be present to discuss this new program. Event is free and open to the public.

Who:

  • Michael Breslin, Albany County Executive

  • Kathy Jimino, Rensselaer County Executive

  • Susan Savage, chair, Schenectady County Legislature

  • Mary Ann Johnson, chairman, Saratoga Board of Supervisors

  • Nanci Hawver, NYS HIICAP Coordinator, NYS Office for the Aging

  • Candy Rivera-Whitehead, outreach representative New York State EPIC Program

  • Sue Kelly, associate regional administrator for Medicaid and Children's Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • Cheryl Adamec, assistant district manager, Troy, NY Field Office, Social Security Administration

  • Philip McCallion, director, Center for Excellence in Aging Services, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany

When: Monday, November 14, 2005, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

9 – 9:30 — Registration

9:30 – 10 — Welcome and Introductions by Philip McCallion, director Center for Excellence in Aging Services, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany

10 – 11 — Remarks followed by questions

11 – 12:30 — Education Forum

8:30 – 12:30 — Representatives from Medicare prescription drugs plans serving the Capital Region have been invited to staff information tables in the adjacent Northeast Gallery.

Where: Empire State Plaza, Meeting Rooms 2 & 3, Albany

Background:

Enrolling and participating in Medicare Part D may seem complex, requiring both consumers and providers to spend time learning the basics of the program and how it will interface with Medicaid, Medigap, New York State’s current prescription program (EPIC), and pension-related drug coverage plans. However, the plan may be an important support for many seniors. Every senior is being encouraged to consider what it means for them, and this is event is one of a variety of training opportunities being developed to encourage participation.

The Center for Excellence develops and implements innovative practices and policies that address the needs of aging person, their families, and professional caregivers. The Center is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and public service and to addressing the needs of vulnerable and oppressed populations. In pursuit of this mission, the Center and its partner, the Center for Research in the Institute of Gerontology, work with communities, state and local agencies, and the Legislature to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable older persons in society. The Center also aims to stimulate interest at local, state, and national levels in the capacity, potential, and needs of older persons, and to raise community awareness of the needs and strengths of older persons from diverse cultures.

 


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