Secretary Sebelius to Kick off Medicare’s 2011 Open Enrollment with New York City Seniors

Secretary Sebelius to personally deliver 2011 “Medicare and You” Handbooks

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- On Friday, October 15, at 1:15 pm, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will visit seniors at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center to kick off Medicare’s open enrollment period which begins on November 15th and discuss how the Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare.

Now is the time for Medicare beneficiaries to begin comparing current coverage and needs to what will be available next year. The Affordable Care Act provides new benefits for most beneficiaries next year, including a 50 percent discount on brand name drugs if you hit the donut hole, a free annual wellness visit and no co-pays for recommended preventive services such as mammograms and certain cancer screenings.

Starting this week, the 2011 Medicare and You handbook is being mailed to all beneficiaries. It’s a comprehensive guide that answers many of the most common questions about Medicare, provides up-to-date information about the prescription drug and health plans available, and offers tips and suggestions to ensure coverage meets the needs of each beneficiary.

WHO:

  Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Wanda Wooten, Executive Director, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center
Amy Loewenberg, Director of Senior Services, Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center
 

WHEN:

Friday, October 15, 2010
1:15 p.m. EDT
 

WHERE:

Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Activity Room
415 E 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128
 

Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at http://www.hhs.gov/news.



CONTACT:

HHS Press Office
202-690-6343

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  District of Columbia  New York

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Seniors  Health  Public Policy/Government  Healthcare Reform  Public Policy  White House/Federal Government  Professional Services  Insurance  Consumer  General Health  Managed Care

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