Press Release             

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications
212-204-6214

June 17, 2008

Volunteers Needed to Teach Health Advocacy Skills and Medicare Benefits to Westchester Residents

Volunteer Training to Take Place in September

New York, NY—The Medicare Rights Center is currently seeking Westchester volunteers age 50+ for three Westchester programs: Seniors Out Speaking on Medicare (SOS Medicare), Health Advocacy Players, and the Health Advocacy Resource Center.

"The goal of all three programs is to give people the tools they need to advocate for themselves, family members and friends, so they can get the care they need," said Lois Steinberg, Ph.D., Director of Westchester programs for the Medicare Rights Center. "Health care is becoming increasingly complicated and expensive. Being informed is the key to managing the Medicare maze."

The programs, which are conducted in senior centers, senior residences and libraries throughout Westchester County, include:

Volunteers for the above programs are required to attend five half-day training sessions the week of September 22 in Tarrytown.

Volunteers must meet the following requirements:

Some knowledge of the health care system is also a plus. Health care professionals are encouraged to apply.

To apply, learn more about becoming an SOS Medicare volunteer, a Health Advocacy Player or a library counselor, or to schedule a program for your organization, call 1-800-480-2060, ext. 6266, or 212-204-6266.

Dr. Steinberg, a resident of Larchmont, was named a Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures, as part of its major initiative to recognize Americans over 60 who are leading a new age of social innovation and tackling the toughest problems in their own communities. She was inducted into Westchester's Senior Hall of Fame in November 2007.

To learn more about the Medicare Rights Center's Westchester programs log on to www.medicarerights.org/westchesterframeset.html.

Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. Founded in 1989, MRC helps older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care.