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No Community Left Behind Educators Program Launches Trainings

The AARP Arizona Community Educators Program is kicking off the New Year with a host of volunteer workshops across the state on Medicare, Social Security and the health care law (Affordable Care Act).

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The workshop trainings were prompted by a recent article in the AARP Bulletin seeking people who would be interested in speaking to groups in their communities about these important programs.

“The heart of the Community Educators Program means that no community is left behind,” said David Parra, Associate State Director for AARP in Arizona. “We know there are many seniors in Arizona who do not have a clear understanding of the workings of Medicare and Social Security as well as the health care law. The Community Educators Program is designed to bring an understanding of these programs to our local communities with the help of trained AARP volunteers.”

As a result of the resent Bulletin article, more than 100 people across the state volunteered to help give presentations at their church, community center and before neighborhood groups in their city or town. The workshop trainings are the first step in launching the Educators program sometime early this year.

“We’re finding that those who have volunteered for this new program are passionate about wanting to bring information about Social Security, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act to their community,” added Parra. “They recognize that many seniors need help navigating the programs and that many people don’t have a clear understanding of how these programs work.”

Parra hopes to have trained volunteers ready to begin giving presentations within next month and encourages people who have a need for a speaker on Social Security, Medicare or the Affordable Care Act to email him with a request for a presenter.

“It’s very simple, send me an email and we’ll provide a volunteer who can give these presentations to your group,” said Parra. “It’s important that we provide this information so that people can understand the benefits that are offered through Medicare, Social Security and the health care law.”

To request an AARP Arizona Community Educators Program speaker on Social Security, Medicare or the Affordable Care Act, please email David Parra at dparra@aarp.org.

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