Straight talk about health care reform and what it means for seniors

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a national survey of adults aged 65 and older finds that most seniors are still confused or unaware of important aspects of health reform, also known as The Affordable Care Act, including its impact on their own Medicare coverage.

To set the record straight, Fayette Senior Services will host “The How, When, Who and What of Health Reform and What it Means for Seniors,” a presentation by Patricia Ketsche, Ph.D., MBA, MHA Associate Professor, Institute of Health Administration, Georgia State University. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 17, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville.

There is no charge to attend the event; however, seating is limited and reservations are required. To RSVP call Fayette Senior Services at 770-461-0813.

The presentation is designed to help seniors understand what’s in the new health reform law and how it will affect them. Dr. Ketsche will present facts that are drawn from the law itself and presented in an impartial, factual, overview format. The presentation will include the health reform “big picture,” a time line of when each component of the law goes into effect, and changes to Medicare. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.

Dr. Ketsche has published studies in many of the leading health services research journals and is currently the principal investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored analysis of the incidence of financing national health expenditures. She is frequently called upon as a technical consultant by the legislative and executive branches of government in Georgia. Dr. Ketsche teaches graduate courses at Georgia State University such as Health Policy and Ethics, Introduction to the Healthcare System, and Healthcare Financial Management and Planning.

Debbie Britt, Executive Director of Fayette Senior Services states, “This is a very important presentation aimed at helping older adults get the straight facts about health reform and changes to Medicare so that they, along with their family and caregivers, can be informed consumers and educated citizens.”

Fayette Senior Services, Inc. (FSS), a non-profit, 501.c.3 organization, provides services that help Fayette County’s older adults maintain their independence and improve their quality of life. Programs include Meals on Wheels, Transportation, In-Home Personal Care/Homemaker Services, Case Management, Adult Day Care, Information & Assistance, Home Repair, and Medical Equipment Lending. For active older adults, Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center offers a wide variety of social, leisure, fitness and recreational activities, the Ultimate Café, and more! FSS programs are focused on total wellness – body, mind, and spirit – to help older adults age well and live well in our community. For more information about FSS visit www.FayetteLifeEnrichment.org.

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