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November, 2005

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Consortium Associates, November 17, 2005
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Help Students Understand New Medicare Prescription, November 8, 2005


Consortium Associates
November 17, 2005

In Denver we announced the Consortium Associates Initiative to collect state resources that states can use to get ideas and applications.  Each state is being asked to designate an individual to serve as its Consortium Associate.  This individual will be responsible for:

●   Collecting and submitting state-developed resources, such as policies, state initiatives, handbooks, funding formulas, accountability forms and procedures, marketing materials, etc. that your state would like to share with the other states through the NAEPDC State Resource Library and
●   Submitting and maintaining an up-to-date contact list of state staff (including contracted vendors and/or other individuals with statewide responsibilities).  (Julia Shepard at OVAE has been responsible for developing this list, and she has encouraged us to take on this task.)

In return for their work, the Consortium Associates will be recognized on the NAEPDC website and will receive a certificate of appreciation and a customized memento.

REQUEST:  Please submit the name, address, phone number, and email address of your state’s Consortium Associate to Kathi Polis at no later than December 1, 2005.

After the names have been received, the Consortium Associates will be contacted with more detailed information about submissions for the State Resource Library and the format of the state staff contact list.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Keep up the good work.  Let me know when we can help.

Help Students Understand New Medicare Prescription
November 8, 2005

For the first time ever, under the new Medicare law, everyone with Medicare, regardless of income, health status, or prescription drug usage, will have access to prescription drug coverage.

Some of your students may be trying to understand the new rules for themselves or to assist their relatives.

46% of adults cannot read and apply medical information so your assistance with these new rules would be helpful.

Here are two resources that might be helpful for your students.

1.  On November 19th, CNBC is airing a program at 6:30 pm to provide information to help Medicare recipients to make decisions. (see attached flyer)

2.  At their website,, Medicare’s drug benefit section provides the background information.

Please forward to your program managers and teachers urging them to inform their students about the TV program and to build in discussion groups prior to and after viewing the program.

Sooner or later, most folks will need to know this information for them or to help their relatives or neighbors.

Keep up the good work.  Let me know when we can help.



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