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Gallagher Unveils Comprehensive New Website for Seniors

5/16/2005

CONTACT: 
Tami Torres or Bob Lotane     
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE – Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher today unveiled a new website to help arm Florida's seniors with valuable information about issues important to their future, including shopping for long-term care or Medicare supplements, finding ways to grow their money with investments or steer clear of financial scams, or gaining access to discounts on prescription drugs.
 
Dubbed the "Senior Resource Center," the Florida Department of Financial Services senior website can be found by logging on to www.flseniors.net .
 
"Florida is currently home to more than 2.9 million Floridians over the age of 65 and that number is projected to grow by as much as 30 percent," said Gallagher, who oversees the department.  "Many of these seniors have so much to keep up with – their health, family and finances – and they are going on-line for information and assistance.  This website will link seniors directly to tips and resources they can use to make informed choices."
 
Gallagher said that some of the most important features of the site for seniors are links to organizations offering information on free and discounted prescription drugs.  Other resources on the website offer extensive information about Medicare, insurance plans and long-term care options.
 
After working to successfully push for changes in state law that will better protect seniors who invest in annuities and viatical settlements, Gallagher urged seniors interested in reading comprehensive guides on these investments and others to download them via the new website.   He said there are also many tips for seniors on avoiding financial scams and not becoming victims of identity theft.
 
"Many of our state's seniors are looking for ways to grow their money and enjoy their golden years," Gallagher said.  "Education and awareness are some of the best weapons in the fight against investment and insurance fraud."
 
Gallagher said seniors who don't have access to a computer, whether at home or a local library, can call the department toll-free at 1-800-342-2762 to order brochures on any of the health or financial topics referenced on the website.