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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 15th 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 2020 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. 11 at 1:00 pm. Do not make a change until you’ve explored all options!! Next Medicare 101 will be Monday Dec. 9 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 GOT A NEW MEDICARE CARD!! Between April 2018 and April 2019 your Social Security number was removed and you were 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 or any other Social Security issue. 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 or scare you to give them information.
-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




Mysteries of Medicare: Things to Know about
Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period
October 15 – December 7, 2019

During the 2019 Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period (AOEP), you can make changes to your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) or your Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C). These changes would be effective January 1, 2020. Medicare AOEP is for people who already have Medicare and would like to review their coverage for the upcoming year.

If you would like assistance in reviewing these possible changes APPRISE is ready to assist you. APPRISE is Pennsylvania’s statewide program of free insurance consultation under the auspices of the Chester County Department of Aging Services and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).

When evaluating your plans, check changes to benefits, network areas, the formulary, copays, drug tiers, and/or premiums. Any of these changes could put you at risk for a cost you would not be expecting.

APPRISE counseling is FREE, unbiased, personalized and confidential. Appointments to review your Medicare options for 2020 are available in many locations in Chester County, including senior centers, township buildings, libraries and the Chester County Government Services Center. Contact the senior centers directly to schedule appointments at their location. For other locations call 610-344-5234 (after September 15th) to leave a message and an APPRISE volunteer will contact you within one business day to schedule your appointment.

For individuals who will be new to Medicare, please call the general Helpline 610-344-5004 for assistance or one of the senior centers directly. You can find additional information on the APPRISE webpage https://chesco.org/477/Apprise-Medicare-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

 


 

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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