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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Educational Webinar: Seniors and the Affordable Care Act

Please join Bob Semro, Health Policy Analyst for the Bell Policy Center in Denver, CO, as he presents the Society of Certified Senior Advisors January Educational Webinar, Seniors and the Affordable Care Act. This event is being held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM (PST); 2:00 PM (EST).

This webinar will focus on the impact of the 2010 healthcare reform law (the Affordable Care Act) on American seniors. According to polling from the Kaiser Family Health Foundation only one in four seniors are aware of the two most frequently cited provisions of the law that affect older Americans. In practice, the ACA has 165 provisions that affect Medicare, alone. Some of these provisions add new benefits while others reduce future growth in Medicare spending. There are also additional taxes and fees that may directly impact higher income seniors and baby boomers. This webinar will identify and explain those provisions of the law that most directly impact seniors and the public programs that seniors use. Topics will include:

• The solvency of the Medicare program after the Affordable Care Act

• New benefits
   ◦ Closure of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit “donut hole”
   ◦ Preventive services and examinations
   ◦ Early retiree reinsurance program
   ◦ Long term care and the Elder Justice

• New pilot programs

• Medicare spending reductions and their impact on traditional Medicare benefits
   ◦ Payment reimbursements to hospitals
   ◦ Payment reductions and other provisions that will affect Medicare Advantage Plans
   ◦ Payment reductions to home care providers
   ◦ Future spending caps and the Independent Payment Advisory Board
   ◦ Waste and fraud provisions

• Taxes and fees
  ◦ Medicare Part A tax increase
  ◦ 3.8% unearned income tax for high income individuals and couples
  ◦ Excise tax on high value “cadillac” health plans

• Other proposals being considered for Medicare that are not currently in the Affordable Care Act

Bob Semro is a Denver native and worked in the private sector for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of the University of Denver, with a degree in political science. Bob was a project manager for a home-centered pilot health care program for persons with disabilities and served as a Policy Analyst for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI). He is currently the Health Policy Analyst for the Bell Policy Center, a non-profit think tank in Denver, Colorado.

Bob has served on the policy and advocacy committee for the Colorado Alzheimer's Association, the Chronic Care Collaborative and the Colorado Gerontological Society. He was selected as a member of the Vulnerable Populations Task Force for the Colorado Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Care Reform (208 Commission) and the Home Health Care Advisory Committee for the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. He currently serves on the Health Plan Advisory Workgroup for the Colorado Health Benefits Exchange and the All Payer Claims Database Advisory Committee and Data Release and Review Committee.

Webinar Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Time: 11:00AM (PST); 12:00Noon (MST); 1:00PM (CST); 2:00PM (EST)
Cost: Free for Members; $49.00 Public