Press Release             

Contact: Nathan Heggem
Senior Communications and
Policy Associate

July 27, 2011

Medicare Rights Center Partners With Organizations Across the Country to
Present Medicare Webinars
-- Webinars Cover Recent Changes to Medicare, Coincide With Medicare’s Birthday --

New York, NY – This week and next, the Medicare Rights Center will present an educational webinar, The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Medicare, in partnership with organizations in four states—Florida, Kansas, Maine and Wisconsin. Designed to mark the forty-sixth anniversary of Medicare, which was signed into law on July 30, 1965, the webinar will cover changes made to Medicare as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and will include a brief discussion of the effects that various budget-deficit proposals would have on the program.

The partner organizations are:

“We are proud to celebrate Medicare’s birthday by partnering with organizations across the country to present clear, accurate Medicare information,” said Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center. “As policymakers debate the future of this vital program, we celebrate Medicare’s success and strive to preserve it for current and future generations.”

The webinar initiative is part of a project funded by Atlantic Philanthropies to expand the Medicare Rights Center’s community-based education and policy programs by partnering with local organizations in Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maine and Wisconsin. Through the project, Medicare Rights is establishing or expanding the award-winning Seniors Out Speaking (SOS) program, which trains community volunteers to help their peers understand Medicare,and launching Medicare Advocacy Coalitions, which bring together consumers, advocacy organizations, policymakers and other stakeholders to help ensure that health reform is responsive to the needs of people with Medicare.

Medicare Rights is also celebrating Medicare’s birthday on Facebook. People with Medicare, their families, and the caregivers and professionals who help them are invited to visit and share what they like about the Medicare program. The answers will serve as a snapshot of why Medicare is important and why it must be preserved.

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Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives.


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