Friday, September 12, 2008

ASK MEDICARE - CMS Caregiver Initiative

 As a spouse caregiver of nearly 19 years, the CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid logo can trigger a conditioned response of frustration, endlessly being on hold, and bureaucratic indifference to say the least.


“Change” seems to be the buzzword of 2008, could  CMS Centers of Medicare and Medicaid be catching the fever with “Ask Medicare, a new caregiver initiative”.


Hi Patrick, 

    I am working with CMS, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to promote a new caregiver initiative being launched around Medicare. I found your website while doing research and I thought you and readers of your site might be interested in learning more.


     On behalf of CMS, I would like to invite you to a live Webcast unveiling Ask Medicare, a new caregivers initiative, that will be held at 12:00 PM ET on Thursday, September 18, 2008.


     Ask Medicare was developed in consultation with caregivers and partners to provide answers to common problems and address a wide range of questions about caregiver. We are reaching out to you so that you can provide valuable feedback, interact with leaders in this initiative and ultimately feel confident sharing this resource with others.


     During the Webcast, caregivers and those interested, will have the opportunity to view the new Ask Medicare Web page, submit questions related to Medicare's new caregivers initiative and questions relating to care giving. A panel of experts, including Kerry Weems, Acting Administrator of CMS, will be introducing the new Ask Medicare initiative, the Web page and answering questions often asked regarding the resources available for caregivers, those questions submitted online may alsobe included in these discussions.


     Currently, you can visit

to register for the Webcast and sign up for the Medicare e-newsletter. With the launch of the initiative, you will be able to access the Ask Medicare Web page through this url as well.


     Please contact me with any questions leading up to the launch or if you would like to be more involved.

    Thank you!


Sarah Marchetti

Digital Influence Strategist, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide



Caregivingly Yours, J Patrick Leer 




(also available in Blogger edition, Caregiver Blog: "Caregivingly Yours")


  1. Thyis definenitly goes into the MS Ifo File!

  2. wow, that sounds like a neat service; I hope they can follow through with what they want to do with it; I think the info you will be able to provide them would be very useful and valuable for them; do update us after the telecast next week


  3. I know you will be eagerly willing to ask all the hard questions! <grin>
    I'd would be disappointed if you declined.  I'm just waiting to hear the answers!

    I hope it is successful....



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