The National Council on Aging is launching a campaign to combat misinformation regarding the Affordable Care Act called “Straight Talk for Seniors on Health Reform.” A new survey of older Americans conducted by the group uncovered the troubling fact that most seniors are unsure or unaware of important changes brought about by the act, such as changes to Medicare and the net impact on the federal budget deficit.
In their push to inform their demographic, NCOA has isolated 12 facts that every senior should know about the new law. The poll revealed the disturbing fact that only 17 percent of seniors could correctly answer half or more questions regarding essential aspects of the law and only 9 percent correctly answered at least two-thirds of the questions. Furthermore, none of the 636 seniors surveyed could correctly answer all twelve questions.
On the heels of these startling numbers, James Firman, president and CEO of NCOA, announced the launch of the “Straight Talk” campaign. At a recent town hall meeting in Washington, DC, Firman said, “Seniors need to know the key facts about health reform so that they can be informed consumers and educated citizens.” The campaign, set to continue for the next several months, will include further town hall meetings and educational events, along with a series of educational materials and an online quiz to test one’s knowledge of the new law. Also available on the group’s website are webinars designed to help professionals who work with seniors prepare their own educational presentations.