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Campaign aims to inform seniors about healthcare

Posted On Mon, July 26, 2010

Healthcare reform can be confusing for anyone, but a poll from the National Council on Aging finds that it may be particularly so for those who are elderly.

Over 40 percent of seniors surveyed indicated that they thought their Medicare benefits were going to be cut as a result of the new laws. The fact that so many seniors hold this untrue belief among other misunderstandings has spurred the NCOA to create the "Straight Talk for Seniors" campaign.

"Everywhere I go seniors tell me that what they really want is information they can understand and rely on, from an organization they trust, whose only agenda is helping them get the facts," says NCOA president and CEO James Firman. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts."

Earlier this year, senior Muriel Couzon told the Huffington Post said that she was afraid about healthcare reform because she hasn't heard positive things about it for the elderly. Traditional Medicare will become stronger under the new laws, but subsidies for private insurance plans will decline, says the Huffington Post.

It's hoped that sources geared directly towards seniors will help them understand the new laws and make more informed decisions.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19908009-ADNFCR

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