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Session will discuss long-term care issues

U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman is sponsoring an informational session to discuss the new federal long-term care insurance program.

The program is available to current federal and postal employees and members of the uniformed services. The program is also available to federal and postal retirees who are receiving retirement pay, as well as to retired members of the uniformed services.

Qualified relatives of all eligible participants also may benefit from the program.

The session is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Citrus County Auditorium, 3610 S U.S. 41, near the fairgrounds in Inverness.

With Thurman's support, Congress passed the benefit two years ago. The enrollment period is under way now and extends through Dec. 31.

Nearly 20-million people are eligible for the program, which is designed to help families cover the expenses of long-term care in the home, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

More information is available at

The session is free, but reservations are requested. Call Thurman's office in Inverness at 1-800-833-4352 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.