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Media Advisories

July 13, 2007 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 357-3507

Assistant Secretary for Aging, Josefina G. Carbonell & Medicare Address the Midwest Health & Abilities Expo

The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) - Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging, and Mark Gilbert, CMS Regional Administrator - will address the Midwest Health & Abilities Expo attendees to highlight “A Healthier US Starts Here,” a Medicare prevention initiative, which is helping people learn how to prevent disease and live healthier, more active lives.
The 2007 Midwest Health & Abilities Expo is a free public event sponsored by the Independent Living Resource Center that will run July 13-14, 2007. The Expo will feature health and wellness services for both the aged and disabled population.
During the Medicare bus tour visit, as well as throughout the 2-day Expo, Medicare staff will be available to answer questions and provide information on “A Healthier US Starts Here.” Expo attendees can:

  • Get a Medicare preventive benefits checklist to take to their doctor
  • Learn about – an online tool to track Medicare benefits
  • Participate in a seminar on Medicare preventive services
  • Learn about available health & ability resources


Josefina G. Carbonell, HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging
Mark Gilbert, Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Independent Resource Living Center

Friday, July 13, 2007
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Note: Media availability begins at noon for Josefina G. Carbonell, HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging


Century II Exhibition Hall, 225 West Douglas, Wichita, KS


Medicare covers many important screenings and other preventive benefits to help people with Medicare live healthier and more active lives. When Medicare beneficiaries do not take advantage of these preventive services, we all pay, both in terms of loss of lives, and hundreds of billions of dollars in hospitalization costs-taxpayer dollars. As part of the Healthier US Starts Here initiative, Medicare and its partners will raise awareness of the importance of preventing chronic disease and illness like heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. The Medicare tour bus will visit each of the 48 continental states over the course of this spring and summer, bringing spokespersons to work with community partners, city and state leaders, and disease prevention advocates involved in these initiatives. People with Medicare will be asked to take action, talk to their health care providers and visit to learn more about preventive services they are eligible to receive and access tools to help manage their healthcare.