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NCOA Co-Sponsors Town Hall on Health Reform with President Obama, Organizes Satellite Town Hall Events at Senior Centers

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Senior Health News J E 4
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Committed to Helping Seniors Get Answers on Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) believes that older Americans and their families need more information about health care reform and how it will affect Medicare and their health. As part of an ongoing commitment to providing seniors with education and improved access to benefits, NCOA is proud to co-sponsor an interactive, televised satellite town hall meeting featuring President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

During the live Town Hall on Tuesday, June 8, President Obama and Secretary Sebelius will take questions by phone from seniors at satellite town halls around the country. At least 60 of these -- more than half of all the scheduled events -- will take place at senior centers that are members of the NCOA-supported National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) or are otherwise affiliated with NCOA.

"Seniors are confused about health reform," said Jim Firman, president and CEO of NCOA. "NCOA has a longstanding commitment to helping older adults, particularly the vulnerable and disadvantaged, find the help and resources they need to make informed decisions about their benefits. That's why we are launching our educational campaign Straight Talk for Seniors on Health Reform, and why we're proud to see so many of our members taking advantage of this chance to get answers directly from President Obama and Secretary Sebelius."

The broadcast will air on C-SPAN beginning at 11:15 a.m. and ending at 12:45 p.m. and will originate from the Holiday Park Multi-Service Senior Center in Wheaton, MD, also a NISC member. The event will also be streamed live on www.WhiteHouse.gov and www.HealthReform.gov.

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans -- especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged -- and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, visit www.ncoa.org.

SOURCE National Council on Aging
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