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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

June 6, 2005

Council to co-host Medicaid/Medicare conference in Albany

Providing and sustaining drug coverage for retired beneficiaries will be the main topic at a Council-sponsored prescription drug conference June 14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany.

The Council is co-sponsoring the half-day conference with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). There is no fee to attend.

The agenda includes an overview of the new Medicare prescription drug plan and its low income subsidy; a discussion of the employer subsidy; and a discussion of community outreach.

Participants will hear from representatives of CMS, as well as benefits industry experts from TowersPerrin.

The introduction of the Medicare Modernization Act has resulted in a significant transformation of the Medicare program impacting all of our beneficiaries, providers and partners, according to CMS.

Elliott Shaw, the Council's director of government affairs, said the conference would address the questions arising from the recent changes, and educate human resource professionals about the new Employer Subsidy and other plan design options available for retirees under the Medicare Modernization Act.

The conference will also allow participants an opportunity to network with other providers and professionals as well as develop long-term partnerships with public and private employers to enhance services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

For more information please contact Kelli Singleton at 1-212/616-2219.