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Praise for our online seminars:

"I just took the Medicare SNF coverage seminar.  Excellent!  Very clear, well-organized, valuable information...Thanks so much."

- D.A., Santa Barbara, CA


Wondering how health care reform will affect Medicare for beneficiaries living on their own?  Get all your answers at our interactive Webinar!

This session will focus on changes to Medicare that affect all Medicare beneficiaries, including

  • Changes to the Part D program, including closing the donut hole
  • Changes to Medicare Advantage plans, including reforms to improve benefit structures
  • Improvements to access for preventive benefits and care for chronic conditions

Register now, as space is limited.

RECORDED SEMINARS (Scroll down for general information, or click on the title to order)


In the Spring and Summer of 2003, the Center for Medicare Advocacy presented two live webcasts regarding Medicare coverage and appeals.  The seminars, titled Medicare Home Health Coverage As A Long-Term Care Benefit and Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Coverage and Related Issues, were sponsored by the Center for Medicare Education.  in March of 2004, the Center for Medicare Advocacy sponsored and presented a third seminar: The Medicare Act of 2003, and in September of 2005, the Center presented its most popular seminar yet: Medicare Part D: Ready or Not, Here it Comes. Each seminar was presented online, in a slideshow-style format, with real time commentary, question and answer via conferenced phone lines.  Each seminar brought together hundreds of participants from around the country.

The Spring 2003 seminar, Medicare Home Health Coverage As A Long-Term Care Benefit, focused on home health care and was presented by Judith Stein, JD, Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Brad Plebani, JD, the Center's Deputy Director, and Ellen Lang, RN, MPH, the Center's Advocacy Coordinator, and herself a home care nurse.  This seminar presented up-to-the-minute coverage rules, as well as practical tips for obtaining Medicare coverage where appropriate.  The presenters also sought to clarify several commonly accepted myths and confusions about Medicare coverage home care services, such as the incorrect assumption that leaving home at all precludes homebound status.  The seminar also offered a chance for participants to ask practical questions from their own experience and get answers from experts.

The summer 2003 seminar, Medicare Skilled Nursing facility Coverage and Related Issues, focused on skilled nursing facility care.  The faculty was the same. This seminar once again presented tips on coverage, but also clearly delineated what elders and people with disabilities can and can not expect from Medicare for nursing home coverage.  The presenters also spent some time on how to ensure that beneficiaries obtain Medicare coverage for the hospital stay that is necessary for nursing home coverage.

The 2004 Seminar, The Medicare Act of 2003, presented by Center Executive Director Judith Stein, and attorneys Vicki Gottlich and Patricia Nemore, gave participants the opportunity to learn about the new Medicare law from some of the country’s most experienced Medicare lawyers.  Topics included:

•  What will the law mean for elders and people with disabilities?
•  What will the prescription drug benefit provide?
•  What are the particular implications for low-income people?
•  What other significant changes does the law make?  

The 2005 seminar, Medicare Part D: Ready or Not, Here it Comes drew our biggest audience to date.  The seminar offered a comprehensible look at the very complex Medicare prescription program.  Topics included the benefits provided by the prescription drug benefit, how the law affects elders and people with disabilities, how the law affects nursing home residents, implications for beneficiaries with low incomes, and penalties and pitfalls to be avoided.

The seminars were a success, as they offered an opportunity to share information and interact with a broad spectrum of advocates, providers and others interested in Medicare issues.  We will be presenting more in the future.  Please keep checking this site for future dates, times and topics.

If you are interested in purchasing archived copies of any of our previous seminars, please click HERE, or click on the "Center Products" button, above, for information on the seminars and more.


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