Located in PENNSYLVANIA 
 

Updated 9/1/20

OXFORD AREA SENIOR CENTER
will be closed
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Weekly Cold and Frozen Meal Program
thru The Chester County Department of Aging
as of August 1, 2020
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Chester County is now in the Green Phase as of June 26, 2020
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At this time we do not know when we will reopen

Due to the COVID 19 Coronavirus concerns,
federal, state and county declarations,
and concerns for our senior residents,
ALL congregate lunches, programs, AARP tax appointments,
exercise classes, and evening community group meetings
have been cancelled until further notice.

For updates visit our website at
www.oxfordseniors.org,
Facebook page
or call (610) 932-5244

Please Be Safe!!


Please visit our COVID-19 Update page for more information

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INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for Medicare Information

September

Are we having fun yet? With 2/3rds of 2020 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.

Another plan for Seniors is the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Applications based on your 2019 income have been extended to 12/31/20. 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 2019 are now in process for distribution.

 

Getting or know someone who is ready to collect Social Security? Plan now to watch the Medicare 101 classes being offered on the Chester County Library website (https://www.ccls.org/ then click on Events Calendar, you can search for “Medicare” or search by library). They 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 also be held. Check that web-site for more information on the Update Classes. Learn all the new things for 2021.

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. It’s easy and secure.

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D plans begins Oct. 15th. You need to check out your options. The plan you have now may be changing fees, formularies and/or deductibles. December 8th will be too late to change. 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. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Have a great September. Take time to smell the leaves burning, take a walk, & enjoy the beautiful weather.

Farmer’s Market Vouchers are being distributed by mail this year. Applications are available on the Office of the Aging web site. https://www.chesco.org/135/Aging. (Read more below)

Be safe!

Sally


October

Fall has finally fallen! The corn in the fields is totally brown Ė dried and ready to harvest. Extended summer weather is pleasant with warm days and cool evenings. If you havenít used all your Farmerís 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, Iím sure we can find someone here to help you!!

Beginning October 19th we will be able to enroll you in a new plan if you so desire. Please read below for details regarding appointments or click here to print. 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. If you have a ďMy MedicareĒ account, bring your account ID & Password. Call early to set your appointment. Open enrollment is from October 15th to December 7th. After December 7th it will be too late to make any changes for 2021. Donít procrastinate! Be sure to attend the Medicare 101 information session via the Chester County Library System. 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 call to set an appointment. No question is too dumb or insignificant. It is not necessary to renew Supplement Plans. Medicare Update classes will also be available through the library system. Learn about changes & updates.

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

There is still time to file your 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, donít wait until the last minute to prepare for winter. Start stocking up on batteries and small cans of food items that donít need to be heated such as prepared mini-meals ó 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


MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT

Procedures and Guidelines for Open Enrollment Appointments
for seniors who require assistance with
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Enrollment
Call Sally for an appointment

The senior center will be open on a very limited basis for
Open Enrollment Medicare Part D Prescription Drug appointments.
All Information, restrictions and protocols regarding these sessions
are listed below and must be strictly followed.

Click Here to print the Guidelines

  1. The time frame for limited opening will be weekdays from Monday, October 19, 2020 through Friday, December 4, 2020.
  2. One-hour appointments, for a maximum of 2 (two) consumers, will be scheduled on-the- hour beginning at 9am and ending with the last appointment scheduled for 2pm.
  3. Each appointment will be scheduled for a maximum time of 45 minutes, allowing the I & A Specialist 15 minutes for cleaning and sanitation immediately after the session.
  4. Face masks must be worn and social distancing requirements will be strictly enforced by the Receptionist at all times. All consumers will be encouraged to bring their own paper for notes and writing utensils.
  5. No consumers will be allowed to enter the facility until the previous consumers have exited the building and a staff member invites them to enter.
  6. A pathway, beginning at the building entrance guiding all consumers to the I & A Specialist’s meeting area, will keep all individuals a minimum distance of six (6) feet from any staff person.
  7. The Receptionist will confirm all appointments, time of entry, and contact information in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.
  8. All consumers will be required to use hand sanitizer as they enter and exit the building.
  9. The I & A Specialist will observe all social distancing requirements during the meeting process.
  10. All consumers will exit the building immediately after finishing their session and the next appointment will be invited to enter.
  11. Consumers will not be allowed to use the restrooms. If an emergency situation occurs and they must use it, the room will be completely sanitized upon their exit.
  12. A Hostess will contact all appointments no more than two (2) days prior to the session to explain all of the requirements for the session and restrictions on building usage, and complete a COVID-19 Participant Health Screening Form.

APPRISE is still available to help with Medicare Questions

Even though the Oxford Area Senior Center is closed to activities due to the current pandemic, APPRISE Medicare counseling is still available to you for your Medicare questions or issues. You can reach us through the senior center’s main number 610-932-5244 or through our APPRISE Helpline at 610-344-5004 option 2. The APPRISE counselor will then contact you by phone within 24-48 business hours.

APPRISE Counselors can help you to understand your health care coverage options so you can make sound choices - both when new to Medicare and on an ongoing basis – choices that contribute to both your physical and financial health.

Our services are confidential, unbiased, informative and free. To assist us in this process, we use the online resources provided at Medicare.gov. In addition, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides access to a database listing, for each Medigap plan available in our county, the premium charged, financial ratings, premium increase history, and expected premium increases. We can save you hours of legwork.

APPRISE counselors also screen Medicare beneficiaries for low-income assistance programs that can assist in paying for Medicare Part B and Part D premiums, as well as PACE/PACENET, and can facilitate an application for these programs.

Finally, we help people who need to file an appeal or submit a complaint about medical or prescription drug coverage.

In Chester County APPRISE operates under the Chester County Department of Aging Services. We are funded through the Administration for Community Living under the US Department of Health and Human Services.




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.

 

 
     

The Oxford Senior Center is a member agency of the

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