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Oct. 15, 2009
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Public Option Is Next Big Hurdle in Health Debate
from The New York Times
As the White House and Congressional leaders turned in earnest on to working out big differences in the five health care bills, perhaps no issue loomed as a greater obstacle than whether to establish a government-run competitor to the insurance industry. More
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n4a and NASUA's Project 2020 Needs Your Help
from n4a
Although Project 2020 (S. 1257/H.R. 2852) was not included in the Senate Finance Committee's bill as n4a and NASUA had hoped, Senator Maria Cantwell, D.-Wash., remains committed to advancing the measure when the health care reform bill comes to the Senate floor later this month. House sponsor Rep. Bruce Braley, D.-Iowa, is also interested in moving a similar amendment through the House process.

As we wait for these possible floor amendment efforts to advance, advocates must not sit idle. n4a will alert you to the ideal time to make calls to your Members of Congress on any Project 2020 amendments to health care reform, but it is critical that we continue to use the next few weeks to build overall support for S. 1257/H.R. 2852.

For more information, please visit n4a's Project 2020 campaign page: http://www.n4a.org/advocacy/campaigns/?fa=project-2020

Policy Update

Obama Asks Congress to Back New Payments to Elderly
from Reuters
President Barack Obama urged Congress to approve additional $250 payments next year to senior citizens, military veterans and disabled people to help them weather the economic recession. The White House said Obama's proposal would provide an additional year of the $250 "Economic Recovery Payments" that initially were enacted as part of the administration's $787 billion stimulus package. More
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Sebelius, West Highlight New Tips to Prevent Medical Identity Theft and Medicare Fraud
from HHS
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Assistant Attorney General Tony West today highlighted the Obama Administration's work to fight Medicare Fraud and released new tips and information to help seniors and Medicare beneficiaries deter, detect and defend against Medical identity theft. More
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Research & Trends

Choosing a Policy to Cover What Medicare Doesn't
from The New York Times
People over 65 should buy a Medigap policy, consumer advocates say, but picking a Medigap plan can be difficult, and at least one important health care bill heading for a vote in the Senate could make it even harder. More
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Time for Senior Citizens to Review Medicare
from Senior Journal
In some parts of the country, October brings changing leaves, but throughout the country, October also brings information about changing Medicare prescription drug coverage. While the October 1st announcement of the 2010 Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage plans by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues to tout the wide array of offerings, the number of plans that are available does not tell the entire story. More
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Innovation

CHS Launching New Elderly Program
from Buffalo Business First
Catholic Health System has opened a program designed to provide a range of services to seniors while allowing them to remain in their own homes. The Living Independently for Elders program, under development for the past three years, only recently opened. The program is a Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, an emerging model in health care that centralizes everything in a day program, from medical care and physical therapy to nutrition, recreational programs and transportation. More
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Resources

Long-Term Care Planning
from AoA
AoA, through the Older Americans Act and other legislation, supports programs that help older adults maintain their independence and dignity in their homes and communities. In addition AoA provides funding for a range of supports to family caregivers. More
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