Are we having fun yet? With 2/3rds of 2019 over and the last rose of summer in front of us, I hope that you’ve been having fun - enjoying life!!

PACE/PACENET with Medicare Part D is now called PACE Plus Medicare. This means cardholders may enjoy the best benefits both programs have to offer. If you have a Medicare Part D prescription plan, and Pace, show both cards when you go to the pharmacy. Should your card be turned down, immediately have the pharmacist contact the PACE program. You should remain there until it is resolved. Pennsylvania continues to offer one of the most generous prescription plans for seniors in the country. The PACEplus program is here to stay.


$0 and $8,000


$650 rebate

$8,001 to $15,000


$500 rebate

$15,001 to $18,000


$300 rebate

$18,001 to $35,000


$250 rebate

Another plan for Seniors is the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Applications based on your 2018 income have been extended to 12/31/19. Rent Rebate income limits remain at $15,000 and Tax Rebate household income limits are $35,000, as shown on the table. The applications already filed for rebates for property taxes and rent paid during 2018 are now in process for distribution.


Getting or know someone who is ready to collect Social Security? Plan now to come to the Medicare 101 class on Monday, September 16th at 1:00pm or Monday, October 21st at 7:00pm. We will have information and resources available to help you transition to the world of Social Security. Many of the programs available are governed by dates and you don’t want to fall into lapses of time that cost you penalties and/or no coverage. Ignorance may be bliss, but is also expensive!! A Medicare Update class for those already on Medicare will be held Monday, November 11th at 1:00pm. Learn all the new things for 2020.

You can now apply for Retirement or Disability benefits, get a replacement Medicare card, request a benefit statement, and change your address online. Just go to www.socialsecurity.gov Stop by if you need help and Colleen or I can help you get online. It’s easy and secure.

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D plans begins Oct. 15th. You need to check out your options, call for an appointment. The plan you have now may be changing fees, formularies and/or deductibles. December 8th will be too late to change. I’m starting to take appointments now starting October 15th. Don’t wait or take the chance that your plan will be “OK” next year! As some of you found out the hard way, prices & coverage do change from year to year. Doesn't cost anything to check it out!

Regarding the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as many refer to it, we are doing our best at finding out areas that apply to seniors. Most that are on Medicare will not see any differences, but those not eligible for Medicare yet or spouses of retirees not on Medicare will have some options with the insurance exchanges. Open Enrollment for these plans begins October 1st. We will do our best to assist you with this offering.

As you can see, time marches on. Things change, programs change, people change, but the Center is here for you to help you enjoy your senior years! Call if you have any questions. Have a great September. Take time to smell the leaves burning, take a walk, & enjoy the beautiful weather.


Mysteries of Medicare: What are the different parts of Medicare?

APPRISE is Pennsylvania’s statewide program of Medicare counseling under the auspices of the Chester County Department of Aging in Chester County. This newsletter from the APPRISE program will help you understand what each of the parts of Medicare provides.
The four parts of Medicare are:

Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for medically necessary inpatient hospital care, inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility, home health care and hospice care. The Part A premium is free if you have worked ten years (40 quarters) and paid your FICA (Medicare) taxes.

Part B (medical insurance) helps pay for medically necessary doctors’ services, outpatient services and other medical services and supplies that are not covered by Part A. There is a monthly premium for Part B.

Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, covers all Medicare Part A and Part B services and may offer other services such as vison and dental assistance. Most Part C plans include prescription drugs. Premiums for Part C vary and most plans have co-pays when you receive medical services.

Medicare Part D offers prescription drug coverage for those not enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan. There is a monthly premium for Part D.

Trained APPRISE counselors meet with Medicare beneficiaries to help explain Medicare programs and enrollment. You can contact APPRISE to schedule a free, confidential meeting with a counselor with any Medicare questions by calling any of the county senior centers or the APPRISE Helpline 610-344-5004 to leave a message. You can also email us at apprisechesco@outlook.com. Visit our website at http://www.chesco.org/477/Apprise-Health-Insurance-Counseling.

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




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



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.



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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