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Medicare after Healthcare Reform

VAN and Mature Voices Minnesota co-presented the November forum, Your Medicare After Healthcare Reform: Making the Best Possible Decisions. More than 270 people attended. The Minnesota Board on Aging and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging were partners in the forum. The forum provided an update on Medicare, both nationally and locally, for 2011.

Lauren Gilchrist, MPH, Office of U.S. Senator Al Franken, presented an overview of national healthcare reform, indicating that the reform package includes long-term care insurance (the CLASS Act) for the first time.

Dr. Derek Robinson, Medical Director, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), highlighted
two key points:

  • To get the latest benefit and resource information about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.healthcare.gov.
  • The Affordable Care Act decreases the projected growth rate of Medicare spending from 6.9% to5.3% between 2009 and 2019.

Stephanie Minor of the Minnesota Board on Aging,explained changes to Medicare for Minnesota
including:

  • People will receive expanded preventative health care services.
  • All beneficiaries will be eligible for a new benefit providing an annual wellness visit.
  • Reduced Medicare prescription drug costs (Part D) will be available.

People with Medicare questions are encouraged to contact the Minnesota Board on Aging’s Senior Linkage Line® at 800-333-2433. Other resources include www.minnesotahelp.info and www.medicare.gov.

The Health Care Choices booklet also is now available. If you would like a printed copy, call the Senior Linkage Line® at 800-333-2433 and press "0" to leave your request for a printed copy.

View the PowerPoint presentations for the November forum on VAN’s website at www.vital-aging-network.org.

Thanks to forum sponsors: UCare Minnesota, HealthPartners, and Humana.

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