Director Berwick to Kickoff 2012 Medicare Open Enrollment Period in Miami

Dr. Berwick to Highlight Medicare-Covered Preventive Services, Extended Enrollment Period From October 15 to December 7

MIAMI, FL – On October 12, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. EDT, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D., will kick off the 2012 Medicare Open Enrollment period at Pine Woods Villa Senior Center in Miami, Florida. Dr. Berwick will discuss the extended enrollment period and the new benefits available as a result of the Affordable Care Act with Medicare beneficiaries and partners. This year, the open enrollment period will begin earlier, starting on Saturday, October 15 and will be extended to seven weeks to allow Medicare beneficiaries more time to review and compare their plan choices. At the event, Dr. Berwick will also highlight the tools and information available to help seniors choose the plan that best meets their unique needs. Dr. Berwick will take questions from the audience and members of the media about this year's choices and the new benefits that Medicare now provides as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

WHO: Donald Berwick, M.D. – Administrator, CMS
David B. Saltman, LCSW – Chair, Consortium for a Healthy Miami-Dade, Elder  Subcommittee
Teresa Zayas – Health Insurance Specialist – External Affairs, CMS – Atlanta Regional Office
Horacio Soberon-Ferrer – Vice President for Finance and Office of Healthy Aging Programs, Alliance for Aging, Inc.

WHAT: CMS Medicare Open Enrollment Kick-off Event

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Event begins with partner meeting at 11:00 A.M. with b-roll opportunities throughout
Public address starting at 11:30 A.M. followed by media briefing starting at 12:00 P.M.

WHERE: Pine Woods Villa Senior Center
8429 SW 188 Terrace
Miami, FL 33157

CONTACT: Lee Millman, CMS – Atlanta Regional Office
(770) 823-4657
[email protected]

Event is open to credentialed members of the media only

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Oct. 10, 2011/

SOURCE Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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