The Future Of Medicare and Health Care

Guest: Nino Amato, President and Executive Director – Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups (CWAG)

Now that the campaign rhetoric has calmed down, what exactly is the state of Medicare and health care in general? Public opinion polls show Americans are fairly equally divided on their support or opposition to the health care reform legislation, but the bigger statistic is that recent polls show widespread misunderstanding of what the law actually says. According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, half of people over 65 think Medicare benefits will be cut and over one-third believe “death panels” are included in the legislation. NEITHER IS TRUE!

According to Nino Amato, cost, access, and medical safety are the big issues in the future of health care. In this umbrella discussion, Amato clarifies the misperceptions, discusses what is needed for sustainable health care, and describes Wisconsin’s own Campaign for Better Care.

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The Spectrum Of Caregiving

Guests: Marilyn Lawler, Director of Community Education, Independent Living, Inc.
Pat Wilson, Family Support Specialist, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
Margo Belz, Caregiver Support Coordinator, HospiceCare, Inc.

Caregiving is a family issue, a health issue, and a growing challenge in our aging society. Most caregiving falls upon family members who take on the unpaid responsibility of caring for a loved one with little or no training and often juggling a job and a family at the same time. This is a sampler of the annual Caregiver Forum, Empowered Caregiving, which will be held on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010, from 8:30-1:30pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 S. Segoe Rd., Madison. On this radio program, you will hear what it means to be a caregiver, understand the new path your life is taking, what the unique demands are when dementia is involved, and how to confront end of life issues.

TO REGISTER FOR THE NOVEMBER 10TH CAREGIVER FORUM: Contact Claire Culbertson at 608-261-5679 or [email protected]
Cost: $10 per person includes continental breakfast and lunch

For more information on caregiving, contact:

Independent Living, Inc. – – 608-274-7900
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin – – 608-232-3400, 1-888-308-6251
HospiceCare, Inc. – – 608-276-4660


Guests: Bettsey Barhorst, President
Terry Webb, Vice President for Learner Success

The need for new facilities, renovations, and upgrades to meet the increasing demand of local residents who need affordable education and job training are the reasons why Madison College is asking voters to approve a $133,770,000 Smart Community Plan on November 2nd. Student enrollment and waiting lists are at all-time highs, while interest rates and construction costs are at all-time lows. And how does this translate to your tax bill? Example: The property tax impact on a home valued at $245,000 will be $33.10 per year, or $2.74 a month. Among the most critical needs: a new Health Services Education Center and Clinic, a Protective Services Education Center, and a Transportation and Advanced/Green Manufacturing Education Center.

Learn more on this All About Living program and at Click on Smart Community.

Planned Parenthood Of Wisconsin Celebrates 75 Years!

Guests: Deborah Hobbins – Executive Director, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Nicole Safar – Public Policy Advisor, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin

As Planned Parenthood celebrates it’s 75th Anniversary, they are out front on the issues of preventing teen pregnancy and reproductive health in general. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “there is ample cause to celebrate the work of this organization, which has prevented far more abortions than it has performed.” 97% of the health care Planned Parenthood provides is preventive and primary care – care many women (and men as well) would not get at all if not for this organization. Planned Parenthood provides these services to 73,000 patients statewide every year.

In this election season, Planned Parenthood is encouraging voters to fully understand the reproductive health issues at risk in Wisconsin.

For more information about Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the work they do, and how you can access their services,

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In A Moment

Guests: Terri Gilliland

If you ever feel that life has dealt you a bad hand, you will be inspired by Terri Gilliland’s story. In a routine eye exam before Terri entered college, she was told that she would be blind before she was 40. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, she went on to earn a degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, marry and have three children as her eyesight continued to dim. Faced with the realities of blindness, she then confronted her husband’s near fatal motorcycle accident and a son diagnosed with brain cancer at age fifteen. Terri’s courage, spirit, and will to persevere make her an amazing example of what overcoming all odds looks like.

For more information on Terri and assistance with visual impairment, contact:

Wisconsin Council Of The Blind and Visually Impaired