Seniors Speak Out was created by the Healthcare Leadership Council’s Medicare Today as a resource for older Americans, caregivers and advocates to help ensure seniors have access to high quality health care.
The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within the health care system, launched Medicare Today in November 2004, to reach out to Medicare beneficiaries who needed reliable information on how to get the greatest value from the Medicare benefits provided by the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003.
The Healthcare Leadership Council administers the partnership of more than 400 national and local organizations including National Association of Family Physicians and National Alliance for Hispanic Health. Medicare Today develops innovative tools for all partners to use, commissions research studies and undertakes earned media efforts and outreach to inform beneficiaries about the value of the new benefits under the MMA.
To make this website as helpful as possible, we will be highlighting community voices, and we encourage you to share your thoughts. Two notable voices that you will see contributing regularly to this website are Bob Blancato and Nona Bear. Their wealth of experience will bring different perspectives to our discussions.
- Bob Blancato is Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. He has more than 20 years of federal government service, including 13 years on the senior staff of the House Select Committee on Aging and a presidential appointment to be the Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. Bob is currently on the Boards of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on Aging. In January 2013, Bob was selected to be the Volunteer State President of AARP in Virginia.
- Nona Bear is a community health care activist, working closely with seniors and patients groups to help them better understand the benefits of Medicare Part D. She is passionate about the program and has been working in the field for many years.