About Us


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.

5 Comments On “About Us

  1. Olivia Reply

    The government does not have a right to determine how Medicare should be governed and how funds should be used. It was mandatory for myself and other working individuals to pay for Medicare and social security. Every paycheck for years. No one has ever ask me how should these funds ne used! They have denied payment for blood test and other services. If they deny payment so does my supplement issue. I have to pay for both. Our wonderful Senators and Representatives do not think about what’s best for Seniors. We are receiving bills for services that should be covered. Where is the money we are suppose pay them with? Calls from Bill collectors and even put on Credit reports so we cannot get credit. Having to purchase day old food just to eat. Even AARP costs money. Where does this stop? Medicare Part D is a joke. Are all meds covered? No and it’s not free. Why is Medicare our Primary Insurance? Sometimes your best coverage is from the other insurance you had to purchase. Does your organization have enough power to fix Medicare to make it work for Seniors?

    1. Bill Brown Reply

      Olivia, the government should have 100% control of health care and out of the hands of private insurance companies. Check out the good care other first world counties have.

  2. Patricia Cardinale Reply

    Please help me I am on medicare human a part b and I need an operation on my hands cannot find a Doctor nor a referral or authorization to have my procedure done no one wants Human a anymore no hospital or center I am seriously depressed about this what is happening. Does Human a just want us to die. No hospitals or doctor’s offices want to deal with them meanwhile I’m in pain and need help respect life!

    1. Member Nona Bear Reply

      We are sorry that you’re going through this. Do you know about all of your rights? This page has more information on Humana appeals: http://bit.ly/1d3Z48a. For more information about your rights and protections, visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE. Has anyone else had success in appealing a denied service?

    2. Bill Brown Reply

      I know what you mean that is why we should single payor universal health care, Better coverage, meds and dental.

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