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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|May 13, 2004
||Contact: AoA Press Office
Town Hall Forum in Miami to Discuss Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit
Since 1965, Medicare has been an important program for millions of seniors
and their families. Medicare currently serves 41 million beneficiaries.
By 2020, Medicare will serve over 62 million beneficiaries, while spending
for it expected to reach $898 billion.
As important as the Medicare program has been, it has been slow to adapt to
modern medicine, and seniors have had to obtain supplemental coverage to receive
Josefina Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Administration on Aging
will hold two Medicare Town Hall sessions on May 13, 2004. Constantinos I.
Miskis, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will
join her at the second town meeting at the Mildred & Claude Pepper Senior
Center. The sessions will engage seniors in a dialogue about the most immediate
changes in the new law, the drug discount card and new prevention benefits.
Interview opportunities will follow the meeting.
“Affordable prescription drug coverage through Medicare is one
of the most important issues facing our nation’s seniors today,” said
Josefina G. Carbonell. “I look forward to discussing this new benefit
and answering other Medicare-related questions from seniors in the Miami
WHEN: Thursday, May 13, 2004
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Badia Senior Center
25 Tamiami Boulevard,
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mildred & Claude Pepper Senior Center
10000 SW 56th Suite 34
CONTACT: (202) 401-4541
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Administration on Aging (AoA), works with a nationwide network of organizations
and service providers to make support services and resources available
to older persons and their caregivers. For more information about the
AoA, please contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration
on Aging, Washington, D.C. 20201, Phone (202) 401-4541.
AoA Website: http://www.aoa.gov