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Medicare Launches New Caregiving Initiative

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 The following is beingissued by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:

WHAT:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), along withrepresentatives from partner organizations, will launch a new online Medicarecaregiver initiative providing information, tools and materials to help familycaregivers. The effort will be launched with a Webcast where forumparticipants will take questions from caregivers and highlight personalstories and experiences.

WHERE:

Ask Medicare is being launched via a live Webcast. Please visithttp://www.medicare.gov/caregivers to register for the event and to postquestions in advance.

BACKGROUND:

More than 44 million Americans (one out of five) provide daily care for achronically ill or aging loved one, friend, or neighbor that is valued ineconomic terms at $350 billion annually, according to AARP. Because caregivingrequires a substantial amount of time, energy, and knowledge, Medicare islaunching an online initiative that will provide caregivers with help inmaking healthcare decisions.WHO: Kerry Weems, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Susan Reinhard, AARP Greg Link, Administration on Aging Nancy Lewin, Strength for Caring Gail Hunt, National Alliance for Caregiving WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2008 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET

SOURCE The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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