Health Care Reform: What You Need To Know To Build Your Family’s Healthcare Survival Plan

August 13, 2010

Health Care Reform:  What You Need To Know To Build Your Family’s Healthcare Survival Plan

August 26, 2010

6:30-8:00 PM

Sunrise of Plano Center

4800 West Parker Road

Plano, Texas 75093

Sunrise Senior Living is inviting members of the public to learn from attorney and author Cynthia Marcotte Stamer about health care reform and learn practical tips to help senior and other patients and their caregivers plan their family’s healthcare survival plan.

The program will be held on August 26, 2010 from 6:30 PM-8:00 PM at the Sunrise of Plano Center located at 4800 West Parker Road, Plano, TX  75093. 

During the program, Ms. Stamer will overview the impending health care reforms recently enacted by Congress and share some practical tools and information to help patients and their families, caregivers, employer and others plan for and prepare to deal with various challenges that commonly arise when caring for an elderly or ill person.

For more details about the program, see hereTo RSVP, contact Sunrise Director of Community Relations Loretta Ressler by telephone at 972-985-9181 or by fax to 866-898-9748.

About Ms. Stamer

Cynthia Marcotte Stamer is a leader on the development of practical strategies for helping patients and their families, health care providers, employers, insurers, and others help patients and their families better handle health care and disability related challenges.  The founder and President of the Project COPE: The Coalition On Patient Empowerment and author of the “Health Care Toolkit” and the many other highly regarded publications and works on patient empowerment and related matters, “Cindy” is nationally and locally recognized for her activism in developing practical solutions for common health, disability and other employment challenges for employers, insurers and others.

An AV-rated attorney Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and recognized in International Who’s Who, “Cindy” regularly helps put these and other solutions in effect in her day-to-day practice of advising health care providers, employers, health care organizations, insurers, and others about the design and implementation of patient and employee communications and consumer directed health care, patient empowerment, patient education and “patient centric” care strategies and other health care, employee benefits, disability management, human resources, insurance, and related matters.

A popular speaker nationally recognized for her legal and practical experience with patient empowerment and consumer driven health care, health care quality, and other human resources, employee benefit, and health matters, Cindy works extensively on a wide range of efforts to improve health care domestically and international.  Past President and the founding Chair of the Alliance for Health Care Excellence’s Patient Empowerment Project, the current Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Real Property Trusts and Estate Section Employee Benefit and Other Compensation Programs Group Chair and Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care and Insurance Interest Group  A widely published author, Cindy is the author of a diverse array of employee benefit, human resources and health law publications and tools for The Bureau of National Affairs, Aspen Publishers, the Thompson Publishing Group, and Spencer Publications.  Her insights on patient empowerment and consumer directed health care have been quoted in the publications of BNA, Business Insurance, World At Work, the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, Health Leaders, the Wall Street Journal, Aging Magazine, Spencer Publications, Health Care Report, the Dallas and Houston Business Journal, the Dallas Morning News and a host of other publications.

You can get more information about Ms. Stamer and her experiences, publications, programs, community service, and professional activities here.  If you need assistance with these or concerns or wish to inquire about arranging for Ms. Stamer to speak on this or another topic, please contact Ms. Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here.  =

About Project COPE

Project COPE works together with employers, health care providers, insurers and other payers, community leaders, patients and others to develop, educate and share practical strategies, information and tools that help empower patients to use health care resources and payers, providers and communities to provide access to quality affordable care.

The most overlooked opportunities for quality and cost improvements rests with the people in health care:

  • The patients, their families and friends
  • Health care providers
  • Employers, churches, social organizations and other community organizations and resources that deal with patients and their families;
  • Health plans, insurers, and others that administer care; and
  • Others that encounter patients and their families.

The best opportunity to improve access to quality, affordable health care for every American and every employer, insurer, and community organization to understand their role in the health care system and to get and share the education and resources to make understanding and dealing with the realities of illness, disability or aging easier for a patient and their family, the affected employers and others. At the end of the day, caring for elderly, disabled or ill Americans people requires the human touch.  Americans can best improve health care by not waiting for someone else to step up:  Speak up, step up and help bridge the gap when you or your organization can do so by extending yourself a little bit.  Speak up to help communicate and facilitate when you can.  Building health care neighborhoods filled with good neighbors throughout the community is the key.

The outcome of this latest health care reform push is only a small part of a continuing process.  Whether or not the Affordable Care Act makes financing care better or worse, the same challenges exist.  The real meaning of the enacted reforms will be determined largely by the shaping and implementation of regulations and enforcement actions which generally are conducted outside the public eye.  Americans individually and collectively clearly should monitor and continue to provide input through this critical time to help shape constructive rather than obstructive policy. Regardless of how the policy ultimately evolves, however, Americans, American businesses, and American communities still will need to roll up their sleeves and work to deal with the realities of dealing with ill, aging and disabled people and their families.  While reimbursement is an important element, money is not the only issue.  Improving and maintaining quality health care requires that Americans and American employers, health care providers, government and community leaders and others understand, and share education and resources to make understanding and dealing with the realities of illness, disability or aging easier for a patient and their family, the affected employers and others.

If you or someone else is interested in learning more about Project Cope, e-mail  or register to participate in the COPE linked in group here

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