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HHS Works With Grassroots to Help Millions of Medicare Beneficiaries See Savings With Drug Cards

(L-R) Angel Luis Irene, Executive Director EOFULA Spanish Senior Center, Tobey Dichter, CEO Generations Online, Mary Jane Jones, Senior, Dr. Mark McClellan, CMS Administrator, Tommy Thompson, HHS Secretary, Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary, James Firman, Chair, Access to Benefits Coalition, Kathy Miller, Director of Home and Community Services.

"We want seniors to get the full $1,200 credit for their medicines over the next 14 months.  This is real savings for seniors who need the most help," Secretary Thompson said.  "We need to work together and focus on how communities can help seniors enroll in the program so they don't leave this money on the table.

- HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson

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Hurricane Jeanne Aftermath - Alabama, Atmore Senior Center

The Administration on Aging responds to the special needs of older disaster victims.

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Evidence-Based Prevention Program for the Elderly

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in collaboration with AoA, CDC, NIA and CMS, will be conducting a special two-day training program this Fall on Evidence-Based Prevention Program for the Elderly.

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HHS Works With Grassroots to Help Millions of Medicare Beneficiaries See Savings With Drug Cards

CMS and AOA Provides $3.95 Million in Awards to Local Organizations

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today launched an unprecedented public-private outreach effort with hundreds of community organizations all across the nation to help millions of eligible seniors and people with a disability begin saving on their prescription drugs right away. Read Full Story (Off Site)

Assistant Secretary for Aging, Josefina G. Carbonell, is Keynote Speaker at Hispanic Health Fair

The Assistant Secretary for Aging was the kickoff speaker for the Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day Hispanic Health Fair. Celebra La Vida Con Salud-Informate, Aprende, Actua” (Celebrate a Healthy Life-Be Informed, Learn and Act) was part of a two day Hispanic festival at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing New York, the site of the 1964/1965 World’s Fair. Organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, exhibitors included representation from the Office of Minority Health, Food and Drug Administration, National Institute of Health, Office of the HIV/AIDS Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Administration on Aging, Office on Women’s Health and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Assistant Secretary of Aging was also on hand to greet and meet health fair participants.

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78 Year Old to Ride his Bike Cross-Country

W.J. “Bill” Anderson, 78, will ride his bike coast-to-coast from San Diego, California and head for Jacksonville Beach, Florida to raise awareness and support for Crossroads Mission in his hometown, Yuma, Arizona.

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Now's the Time to Get a Flu Vaccine

Priority groups for flu vaccination are:

  • All children aged 6 months-23 months
  • Adults aged 65 and older
  • Persons aged 2 to 64 with underlying chronic medical conditions
  • All women pregnant during influenza season
  • Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • Children aged 6 months to 18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy
  • Health care workers with direct patient care
  • Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged younger than 6 months

We need people who are not in the priority groups to forgo or defer getting a flu vaccination so it can go to someone more vulnerable to complications from the flu.

Statistics on Income and Poverty

Statistics on Income and PovertyThe latest Census Bureau statistics on income and poverty show that the income of persons 65 and older essentially was unchanged from 2002 to 2003. Median income in 2003 of households headed by persons 65 and over was $23,787, which not statistically different from the 2002 figure of 23,682. Link to Full Story

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

AoA and the Aging network is responding to the changing demographics by developing culturally appropriate programs and services responsive to the diverse needs of older Hispanic American adults and their families. Read Full Story

You Can! Campaign

You Can!You Can! - Steps to Healthier Aging is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Steps to a HealthierUS initiative, which encourages Americans of every age to make healthier choices.

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Seniors are getting discount cards aimed at achieving initial drug savings, and lower income beneficiaries are receiving an immediate credit of $600 to pay for prescriptions. The full program will begin in 2006, offering a completely voluntary package of drug coverage. Link to Full Story

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