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October

Fall has finally fallen! The corn in the fields is totally brown – dried and ready to harvest. Extended summer weather is very pleasant with warm days and cool evenings.

If you haven’t used all your Farmer’s Market Vouchers, now is a great time to purchase pumpkins or apples for pies. If you try a new recipe and need a taste tester, I’m sure we can find someone here to help you!!

How has your year gone with regard to Medicare Part D? There doesn’t seem to be many problems in our area. Beginning October 17th we will be able to enroll you in a new plan if you so desire. When you come in be sure to bring a complete list of all your current medications, strengths and dosage as they may have changed since last year. Call early to set your appointment. Open enrollment is from October 15th to December 7th. After December 7th will be too late to make any changes for 2018. Don’t procrastinate! Be sure to attend the Medicare 101 information session on Monday, October 9th. at 7:00pm. Be informed!!

There will be individual meetings sponsored by the various insurance companies in our area - Keystone 65, Humana, and Aetna. Make yourself available to all these informational meetings to be held. You will receive mailings with dates & times. There will also be opportunities to hear about changes in Medicare and Health Insurance. This information may be helpful to you if you are dissatisfied with your current carrier. If you are satisfied with your provider, I will be glad to assist you in filling out your renewal forms. If you have any questions, be sure to stop by my desk and ask, or call to set an appointment. No question is too dumb or insignificant. It is not necessary to renew Supplement Plans.

When coming in for any appointment, be sure to bring everything you have received concerning your need. I’d rather you bring too much than have to send you home for more information.

We are still filing Tax/Rent Rebate Forms. Tax receipts MUST BE HAND STAMPED PAID. Those of you who have filed recently should begin receiving your checks.

Now that Fall is here, don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for winter. Start stocking up on batteries and small cans of food items that don’t need to be heated such as prepared mini-meals — tuna salad, chicken salad, etc. Buying one can a week will give you a good supply by Dec/Jan in time for the first snow storms. Have a great month!

Sally


November

Fall has finally fallen! The corn in the fields is totally brown–dried and ready to harvest. Extended summer weather is very pleasant with warm days and cool evenings. Get out and enjoy the sunny days.

If you haven’t used all your Farmer’s Market Vouchers, now is a great time to purchase pumpkins or apples for pies. They must be used by November 30th. If you try a new recipe and need a taste tester, I’m sure we can find someone here to help you!!

How has your year gone regarding Medicare Part D? There doesn’t seem to be many problems in our area. October 17th we began enrolling those who needed a new plan. We continue to do lookups on the computer for specific prescription card companies, their plans & costs. When you come in for that service be sure to bring a complete list of all your current medications, strengths and dosage as they may have changed since last year. Even if your meds haven’t changed, the Drug companies have changed costs, formularies and deductibles. The deadline for open enrollment is December 7th, no exceptions. It doesn’t take long to do your comparison and the time taken can be well worth it. Procrastination can be very costly - you’ll be stuck for the entire 2018 year. Make your appointment now!! PACE will place you in an appropriate Plan D.

Individual meetings sponsored by the various insurance companies in our area - Keystone 65, Humana and Aetna will be available. Make yourself available to all these informational meetings if you are looking to change. If you are satisfied with your provider, I will be glad to assist you in filling out your renewal forms. Turning 65 or know someone who is? Be sure to become informed of all your options. I’ll be having a Fine-tuning Your Medicare Update for those already on Medicare on Monday Nov. 6 at 1:00 pm. Do not make a change until you’ve explored all options!! Next Medicare 101 will be Monday Dec. 11 at 7:00pm.

If you receive a “Termination” letter from your current provider, be sure to call for an appointment so we can look at all your options. Time is of the essence when leaving one plan and going to a new one. There are certain “Guaranteed Issue” options and we want to help you find the plan that best suits your needs. The various plans include Original Medicare with a Medi-Gap supplement, or Medicare Advantage Plans such as HMO’s, PPO’s, Private Fee for Service, SNP’s, and MSA’s. The Apprise program is available here to help you.

YOU’RE GETTING A NEW MEDICARE CARD!! Between April 2018 and April 2019 your Social Security number will be removed and you’ll be mailed a new Medicare card. The new card will not change your coverage or benefits, just be more secure and unique to you. Here’s how to get ready:

  • Make sure your mailing address is up to date with Social Security
  • Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new card. Social Security will never call you to verify your personal information!! Scammers will be trying to get you to pay them to get it quicker!!
  • This will take time, your card might arrive at a different time than your friends or neighbors.

As we begin the busy holiday season, be sure to take one day at a time - enjoy the company of friends and family. Make memories for the younger generations as you relive past holidays and happenings. Cherish the moments, take time for fun.
Have a Happy and Fulfilling (pun intended) Thanksgiving!

Sally



Chester County Fook Bank
Chester County Senior Food Box Program (CCSFBP)

Is a county funded program that helps seniors gain access to nutritious foods so they can better improve their health.

If you or someone you know is at least 60 yrs. old and has low income, please register for the CCSFBP box that is available to qualifying seniors each month.

Each box may contain packaged fruit, non-perishable proteins, vegetables, carbyhydraes & dairy!!

Proof of age is required at sign up. There is no charge for this food. If you qualify then CCSFBP Box can be picked up the 1st Monday of every month between 1:00-3:00pm.

For more information contact

Sally Arter

(610) 932-5244
12 East Locust Street
Oxford, PA 19363

 


 

WHAT IS INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE?

From time to time we all know we need information but have no idea how to find answers.

   

REFER WEB

The Chester County Department of Human Services is pleased to introduce Refer Web, an Information and Referral web-based application. Simply visit their website at www.chesco.org/human. Once on the site, locate the Refer Web icon, click on it and start searching.

 

WHO IS SALLY ARTER?

Sally is the Center's very own Information & Assistance Specialist. Her responsibilities included helping you find the answers to your questions.

 

 

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