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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|July 20, 2007
||Contact: AoA Press Office
HHS, Miami Community Leaders Call For “A Healthier US”
Local Partners, Volunteers Gather with Medicare Tour Bus to Raise Awareness about
the Importance of Prevention
The HHS and CMS will be joining area officials and community representatives to recognize local wellness efforts and to help educate Florida residents about the importance of preventing chronic disease and illness by taking advantage of screenings and preventive benefits offered through Medicare. Participants will highlight “A Healthier US Starts Here” campaign, which is helping people prevent disease and live healthier, more active lives. CMS will encourage beneficiaries to take control of their health and to talk with their health care providers about available preventive services. Throughout the summer, CMS will work with various health organizations at health events and community forums to provide information on preventive services and learn about the services they may be eligible to receive to manage their health care.
|Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Carlos Alvarez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County
Max B. Rothman, President & CEO,
Alliance for Aging, Inc.
Christopher Downing, Regional Director,
Atlanta Regional Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Roger Perez, Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
9-11 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2007
Partner Roundtable: 9:50 a.m.
Recognition of Mayor Alvarez and the Health Initiative on Aging: 9:25 a.m.
Note: Media to arrive at 10:30 a.m. / Press avail begins at 10:45 a.m.
Southwest Social Services, 25 Tamiami Blvd.,
Miami, FL 33144
Location contact: 305-261-6202
Medicare covers many important screenings and other preventive benefits to help people with
Medicare live healthier and more active lives. As part of the A 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 experts 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.
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