Medicare changes focus of Flushing House seminars

Flushing House will hold three “Elder Law Seminars” for Spring 2011. The seminars focus on Medicare changes arising from the recently-passed “Obama Care” (it’s actually called the Affordable Care Act [ACA]), with particular emphasis on changes that will occur in 2011. Participants will learn more about the ACA and the Medicare Part D prescription benefit, expansion of Medicare-covered services, long-term care services and supports, Medicare private health plans (Medicare Advantage), etc.

The seminars will also examine House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R) 2012 budget plan – "Path to Prosperity." If passed, this plan would slash over $6 trillion in the next 10 years from U.S. spending, reform and cut entitlements, overhaul sections of the tax code, and more. Ryan’s plan includes: reduction of the corporate tax rate to 25 percent; spending cuts with enforceable caps; reforms to “save critical health and retirement programs;” and health reform that “repeals and defunds the president’s health care law.”

Ann M. Carrozza, Esq., former New York State Assemblymember and elder law attorney, will give the first seminar on Saturday, June 4. In addition to the above, she will also address the subject of protecting assets in the event of long-term illness. Ronald Fatoullah, Esq., elder law attorney, will give the second seminar on Saturday, June 11. He will also discuss changes in law which will expand the definition of “estate” for Medicaid recovery purposes. He will also address changes to the EPIC program, which impact seniors. Jessica Foster, Education Associate, Medicare Rights Center, will give the third seminar on Saturday, June 18. She will lead a conversation on health care reform’s impact on Medicare. She will also touch on the current budget debate and how deficit-slashing proposals might change Medicare forever.

All three seminars will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Flushing House dining room, at 38-20 Bowne Street, Flushing; there will be refreshments available. There will also be free handouts from the speakers.

The seminars are open to the public and admission is free. If you would like to attend, please R.S.V.P. to 347-532-3025 or to rsalant@uam.org. Seating is first come, first served.


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