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Talking About Medicare and Health Reform Marc Steinberg, Families USA Health Action 2010 January 28, 2010 202-628-3030 **

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1 Talking About Medicare and Health Reform Marc Steinberg, Families USA Health Action 2010 January 28, **

2 Seniors are a Key Constituency More skeptical of health reform Less informed about health reform More likely to vote

3 Challenge: Educate Seniors about the benefits of health reform No cuts in guaranteed benefits No rationing Benefits improvements Fiscal stability Care coordination?

4 Challenge: Preparing for Changes to Medicare Medicare Advantage Benefit improvements Payment reforms Low-income improvements?

5 Opportunities for Action Right now Seniors to Seniors (seniorstoseniors.org) Local events Other advocacy Post-enactment Media-centric events Publicize positive changes Debunk myths Work with trusted sources

6 Working with Beneficiaries Prepare for changes in Medicare Advantage market Benefit improvements Watch payment reforms – look for opportunities Connect with Aging Network: SHIPs, AAAs, other service providers


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