May is Time to Raise Stroke Awareness

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Allsup teams up with National Stroke Association at Virtual Health Fair

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 133,000 people a year, according to National Stroke Association.

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 133,000 people a year, according to National Stroke Association.

Since 1989, May has been established as National Stroke Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness of stroke. This year, Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation, will provide information on important topics for stroke survivors and their caregivers during National Stroke Association’s Second Annual Virtual Health Fair on Wednesday, May 16.

The online event will be accessible to anyone with Internet access, and will feature webcasts with live speakers, quizzes to test visitor knowledge and booths distributing informative materials. “Our Virtual Health Fair provides a unique way for anyone interested in stroke to learn about it online and during a special event that houses dozens of experts on stroke. It provides participants an easy way to ask experts specific questions and a means to meet others in the stroke community across the globe,” said Jim Baranski, CEO, National Stroke Association.

Individuals who register for the event can visit Allsup’s booth for a free Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) eligibility screening. Attendees also can ask Allsup’s Medicare experts about enrollment, coverage options and how to make sure they have the best Medicare plan for their needs.

According to National Stroke Association, 2 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, increasing the chance of permanent brain damage and disability.

“Both the SSDI process and the Medicare enrollment process are notoriously overwhelming,” said Tai Venuti, Allsup’s manager of strategic alliances. “Allsup gets hundreds of calls from people needing answers about SSDI and Medicare every day. We are thrilled to be a part of the National Stroke Association’s Virtual Health Fair. We look forward to sharing our expertise and resources with stroke survivors, their families and the healthcare providers who work with them.”

The Virtual Health Fair will open live at 10 a.m. EDT on May 16 and will be accessible for three months after. Those wanting to participate can register at http://events.unisfair.com/rt/stroke~vhf2012.

ABOUT NATIONAL STROKE ASSOCIATION
National Stroke Association is the only national organization in the U.S. that focuses 100 percent of its efforts on stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke. Founded in 1984, the organization works every day to meet its mission to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke. Visit http://www.stroke.org for more information.

ABOUT ALLSUP
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.

Contacts:
Tai Venuti
Allsup
(800) 854-1418, ext. 68573
t(dot)venuti(at)allsupinc(dot)com
http://www.allsupalliances.com

Taryn Fort
National Stroke Association
(303) 754-0919
tfort(at)stroke(dot)org
http://www.stroke.org

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