WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 The following is beingissued by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:
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.
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.
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