Owens to Hold Telephone Town-Hall Meeting on Medicare Thursday; Call to be Included

Submitted by Cong. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)

WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to conduct an open discussion about the issues that affect Upstate New York, Congressman Bill Owens will hold a “telephone town hall” this week. Owens will update callers on the state of Medicare as it relates to recent budget proposals, and take questions from callers from 11:00 a.m. to noon this Thursday, April 14.

“There are many unanswered questions for Upstate New York Medicare beneficiaries as Washington moves forward with crafting a 2012 budget proposal,” Owens said. “This is a great opportunity for Upstate New Yorkers to gain a better understanding of how the ongoing debate on budget cuts could affect Medicare, Social Security, and other programs.”

A random sample of 50,000 residents in New York’s 23rd Congressional District will be chosen to participate in the conference call Thursday morning. To request a phone call invitation, a constituent from NY-23 can email their name and number to [email protected] or call the Congressman’s Watertown office at 315-782-3150.

The “telephone town hall” conference call is offered as a convenient way for constituents in New York’s 23rd Congressional District to stay up-to-date on the issues of the day.

To bring a higher level of service to constituents in a large district, Owens has held traditional live town hall meetings throughout NY-23, a congressional district that spans 14,000 square miles and encompasses all or part of eleven different counties in Northern and Central New York. Additionally, Owens and his staff have held “mobile office hour” meetings at locations throughout the region to meet with Upstate New Yorkers who may not have time to travel to their local office.

Those unable to participate in Thursday’s telephone town hall can contact Congressman Owens by calling any of his offices in New York or Washington, by visiting his website at http://owens.house.gov, connecting with him on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/repbillowens, or following him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/BillOwensNY.