SOURCE: Independent Living Systems

Independent Living Systems

July 31, 2015 15:15 ET

Independent Living Systems Senior VP Moderates 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Panel

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - July 31, 2015) - Josefina Carbonell, the Senior Vice President of Independent Living Systems, specializing in Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) and Nutrition, moderated the "50th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid" on Thursday, July 30, at Florida International University's Wertheim Performing Arts Center Auditorium. The event was sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

July 30, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of President Johnson signing the Social Security Act into legislation, establishing Medicare and Medicaid. Prior to that, roughly half of America's age-65-and-older population was uninsured, and low-income Americans and those with disabilities were unable to afford medical care. Medicaid and Medicare have transformed the delivery of healthcare in the United States and now cover more than 100 million people.

"Medicare and Medicaid have come a long way in the past 50 years," said Carbonell. "Consumers have more choices and benefits, but there is still more room for these programs to grow when it comes to innovation and navigation of options. That is why events like these are so important."

Carbonell has spent her career advocating for healthcare and the rights of the aging. In 2001, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she directed all operations and managed $4.1 billion in Federal grant programs to support community-based long-term care services for the U.S. elderly. She also guided the implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act, Special Needs Plans (SNPs) and Part D Benefits, as well as served as a principal advocate in the U.S. for independent living for the elderly. Carbonell established, modernized, and guided numerous programs, campaigns, and networks in HHS until she joined the Independent Living Systems management team in January 2009.

Last month, Carbonell participated at the White House Conference on Aging in Washington D.C. and spoke at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Conference in Philadelphia. She addressed modifying health care policy in regard to helping older Americans remain healthy and independent as they age, promoting retirement security, preventing financial exploitation, and combatting other forms of elder abuse.

About Independent Living Systems:
Independent Living Systems (ILS) is a Miami, FL-based health care company that operates a range of health care management services, on behalf of health care plans that serve Medicare, Medicaid, dual eligible, and Special Needs members. ILS provides services to millions of members in the U.S., and has more than 800 employees.

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