AAHSA To Co-Sponsor Presidential Tele-Town Hall Meeting on Health Reform

Residents to Attend in Person While Numerous Members Hold "Watch Parties"

WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, June, 8, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) will co-sponsor a national tele-town hall meeting with President Barack Obama with senior citizens to discuss the Affordable Care Act. The conversation will focus on efforts to combat senior scams and fraud in advance of the first mailing of the $250 "donut hole" rebate checks.

President Barack Obama will join HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at 11:25 a.m. Eastern time at the Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center in Wheaton, Md., to take questions on health reform. Two residents of AAHSA member facilities will attend in person. About 10 AAHSA members will hold "watch parties" to watch the town hall online and call in with questions. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services representatives will attend AAHSA member events in Denver, Cleveland and Philadelphia.

"AAHSA members serve more than two million elders and family members every day and we are proud to help bring information and explanations to these elders," said Larry Minnix, AAHSA's president and CEO. "There is much in health reform that can help seniors with transitions, technology, quality and long-term care. It is important for all seniors and their caregivers to understand health reform, and this tele-town hall meeting is part of our effort to help educate people."

The tele-town hall will be streamed online through both www.whitehouse.gov/live and www.healthreform.gov. Viewers can call (800) 837-1935 and use pass code: 80272058 to ask questions of President Obama and Secretary Sebelius. Interested parties are encouraged to dial in at 11:15 a.m., Eastern time to secure a line. The town hall meeting is expected to last about an hour.


The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (www.aahsa.org) is a national network of community-based nonprofit organizations that provide services and supports to people as they age. These 5,400 organizations connect with millions of older persons and their families every day. They provide home health care, adult day services, hospice, senior housing, nursing care, assisted living, continuing care and a broad range of related services. AAHSA is the most trusted advocate for aging whose spirit of transformational stewardship and close collaboration with its members consistently improves lives.

SOURCE American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging