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Media Advisories

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 357-3507

AoA to Convene Choices for Independence:
A National Leadership Summit

HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina G. Carbonell will be joined by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Leslie V. Norwalk to convene the “Choices For Independence: A National Leadership Summit” on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 in Washington, D.C.

Nearly 1300 representatives of state and area agencies on aging, health and long-term care, tribal organizations, community-service providers and others will participate in this two and one-half day conference to spotlight best practices, partnerships and initiatives designed to help federal, state and local efforts to transform long-term care for the 21st Century.

The Summit will also showcase key components of the recently reauthorized Older Americans Act Amendments of 2006 (P.L. 109-365) which contains principles of the Administration’s Choices for Independence initiative which advance the President’s New Freedom Initiative and support HHS Secretary Leavitt’s priorities of prevention and value-driven health care.

WHO: Josefina G. Carbonell
Assistant Secretary for Aging

Leslie V. Norwalk, Esq. Acting Administrator
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
WHEN: Tuesday, December 5, 2006
1 p.m. – Opening Session*
WHERE: Renaissance Hotel – Grand Ballroom
999 – 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Carbonell and Norwalk will arrive on the My Health. My Medicare Bus at 12:30 p.m. outside the hotel. Since September 1, 2006 the bus has traveled over 60,000 miles to 111 cities participating in Medicare Part D enrollment and prevention activities for beneficiaries and their families.

** There will be a press room on site at the Summit – media are invited to register.

For More Information about the Summit, visit [] or call 202-357-3507 if you plan to attend.