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News Release
AP Reports it, Oregonians live it: Medicare beneficiaries speak out about financial woes - 11/05/19

More than 400,000+ Oregonians on Medicare suffer from family, financial and psychological strain

What: Today the Associated Press reported that: “1 in 2 seriously ill Medicare enrollees struggle with bills. The study in the journal Health Affairs comes as legislation to curb drug costs for seniors languishes in Congress and the growing financial exposure of patients with insurance is getting more attention in the nation’s health care debates.”

Who: Dozens of Medicare recipients in Oregon want to talk about the reality of financial strain, even when on a Medicare supplemental plan.  For the last five years, Oregon-based health advocate, Mara Woloshin has been helping the elderly and disabled locate and understand their benefits, grants, and ways to get financial support.

Oregonians on Medicare who now understand how to gain support for chronic and expensive illness would like to speak out, share their stories about this issue and offer tips for financial support.

Why: There are some solutions to medical financial strains. Help is often available. FEW beneficiaries know ALL of their Medicare (or OHP) benefits or how to even ask for help. Most health plans have plans and programs for financial support. Nonprofit organizations offer resources, donations of durable medical equipment, etc. Many pharmaceutical companies offer funds and support to off-set the costs of expensive medications.

Local Oregonians want other Medicare (and OHP) citizens to know the ways to ask for help with medical bills and chronic conditions.

When: With a about a day's notice, local Oregonians on Medicare are available to talk about how they successfully have coped with financial burdens caused by illness.

How: Woloshin is available to set up interviews this week. Because of chronic conditions, please allow a day (or more) for interviews; 503-310-4504, mara@woloshin.com.

Woloshin is an active member of the nonprofit Alliance of Professional Health Advocates. She has been consulting and training adults on advocacy for many years. Her inauguration into addressing the needs of the aging and disabled jump-started when she was engaged as the Oregon and Washington spokesperson for the launching of Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug plan.

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