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Demystifying Medicare and Long Term Care Insurance - Healthcare Liaison Workshop 9/20 Shows Consumers How to Make Choices

Thursday, September 4, 2008 General News J E 4
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BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 3 Making choices about Medicarepolicies and long term care insurance are some of the most challengingdecisions facing Baby Boomers, largely because available information is oftenconfusing and difficult to understand. On September 20th Healthcare Liaisonwill demystify these subjects in a consumer workshop, "Medicare and Long TermCare Insurance -- Understanding the Maze", at the University of California,Berkeley, Clark Kerr Campus, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

"Medicare and long term care policies are difficult for most consumers tounderstand," says Healthcare Liaison CEO Joanna Smith. "One of my clients isa 65-year old attorney who has interpreted complex legal documents his wholecareer -- and he still needed help figuring out which Medicare plan had themedical and drug coverage most appropriate for him and his wife."

Long Term Care Insurance: To Buy Or Not To Buy. "When it comes tolong-term care insurance, many consumers aren't sure if it makes sense topurchase coverage," says Smith, who notes that an important initialconsideration is affordability. "There's a simple guideline consumers can useprior to looking closely at coverage and terms of various policies," saysSmith. "It's the one-year rule. Basically, if you have enough discretionaryfunds in the bank to cover the cost of a one year stay in a good nursing home,you probably have adequate assets to make it worthwhile to pay premiums for along term care policy."

About Healthcare Liaison. Established in 2005 as a socialentrepreneurship, Healthcare Liaison is the first private healthcare advocacypractice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founder and CEO Joanna Smith, LCSW,MPH has 25 years experience in the fields of health, public health and mentalhealth, working as a medical social worker and hospital discharge planner inhealthcare systems. In 2007 Healthcare Liaison established the nation's firstaccreditation program for private healthcare advocates. For more informationvisit: http://www.healthcareliaison.comWorkshop Details: What: "Medicare and Long Term Care Insurance -- Understanding the Maze", presented by Healthcare Liaison, Inc. When/where: September 20, 2008 at the University of California, Berkeley, Clark Kerr Campus, 8:30 a.m. to noon Cost: $50. Includes handouts and refreshments Registration/more information: Visit http://www.healthcareliaison.com/workshops to register. For more information, call Healthcare Liaison: 510-704-8476, or email: Joanna@healthcareliaison.com

SOURCE Healthcare Liaison
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