Presentation on theme: "Talking About Medicare and Health Reform Marc Steinberg, Families USA Health Action 2010 January 28, 2010 202-628-3030 **"— Presentation transcript:
Talking About Medicare and Health Reform Marc Steinberg, Families USA Health Action 2010 January 28, **
Seniors are a Key Constituency More skeptical of health reform Less informed about health reform More likely to vote
Challenge: Educate Seniors about the benefits of health reform No cuts in guaranteed benefits No rationing Benefits improvements Fiscal stability Care coordination?
Challenge: Preparing for Changes to Medicare Medicare Advantage Benefit improvements Payment reforms Low-income improvements?
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
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