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Media Advisories

July 20, 2007 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 357-3507

HHS, Miami Community Leaders Call For “A Healthier US”
Local Partners, Volunteers Gather with Medicare Tour Bus to Raise Awareness about the Importance of Prevention

The HHS and CMS will join area officials and community representatives to recognize local wellness efforts and to help educate Florida residents about the importance of preventing chronic disease and illness by taking advantage of screenings and preventive benefits offered through Medicare. Participants will highlight the “A Healthier US Starts Here” campaign, which is helping people prevent disease and live healthier, more active lives. CMS will encourage beneficiaries to take control of their health and talk with their health care providers about available preventive services. Throughout the summer, CMS will work with various health organizations at health events and community forums to provide information on preventive services and learn about the services they may be eligible to receive to manage their health care.


Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Roger Perez, Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Richard Wild, M.D., Regional Medical Director, Atlanta Regional Office, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

2-4 p.m., Monday, July 23, 2007
Partner Roundtable: 3:00 p.m.
Press Conference: 2:15 p.m. with Asian media outlets
Note: General Market Media to arrive at 1:45 p.m. / Press avail begins at 2 p.m.


NANAY Community Center, 659 North East 125st, North Miami, FL 33161
Location contact: 305-981-3232 (office)


Medicare covers many important screenings and other preventive benefits to help people with Medicare live healthier and more active lives. As part of the A Healthier US Starts Here initiative, Medicare and its partners will raise awareness of the importance of preventing chronic disease and illness like heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. The Medicare tour bus will visit each of the 48 continental states over the course of this spring and summer, bringing experts to work with community partners, city and state leaders, and disease prevention advocates involved in these initiatives. People with Medicare will be asked to take action, talk to their health care providers and visit  to learn more about preventive services they are eligible to receive and access tools to help manage their healthcare.