Summer has begun and the pace here at the Center does not slow down! So much to do—I hope we are all able to enjoy the sunshine someday! Hopefully the lazy hazy days will soon be here!!

Due to the increase in new members, I thought it a good idea to tell you what an Information & Assistance Specialist does. I am here to help you find answers to questions concerning housing, transportation, food needs, Legal Aid, Medicare, Pace Plus, etc., etc., etc. In other words, you get something in the mail you don’t understand, come see me. If I don’t know, we’ll find out where to look for answers. No question is too stupid!! Stay cool! No need to get worried if you don’t understand something.

If you or someone you know is turning 65 or retiring and needs to start their Medicare coverage, it is very important that you get prepared for Medicare enrollment. Waiting too long could be very costly. As Apprise Counselors, we are prepared to help you through the process. We will be offering Medicare 101 classes on Monday, July 15th, August 14th, October 21st and December 9th at 7:00 pm. The next daytime class will be Monday, September 16th at 1:00pm. We will cover in detail all the options available to Medicare beneficiaries including Medicare Advantage Plans, Supplements (Medi-gaps), Part D Drug Plans etc.. Understanding enrollment dates, penalties, coverage plans and coverage networks can be very confusing so this discussion will be very helpful in understanding your future with Medicare. Though not required, attending the class first makes our one-on-one more productive. If you can’t make the program, I am available for one-on-one appointments. Just call and schedule your appointment.

Medicare Update is also for those of you have been on Medicare but are now experiencing changes with retirement plans. Knowing options available to you will be beneficial to your decision making process. Feel free to join us on Monday, November 11th at 1:00 for 2020 change updates.

Just a reminder that Open Enrollment dates run from October 15th to December 7th. You need to check your Prescription Plan even if nothing has changed for you. The plans change in many ways: price, formulary, and deductibles. The deadline date for change will be strictly enforced and you don’t want to be “stuck” with an unsatisfactory plan for all of 2020. Supplements (Medi-gaps) do not need to be changed, they continue on.

At various times, we are contacted by family members who need help for homebound folks. Knowing this can be a problem, we will make every effort to meet with beneficiaries in their home to conduct interviews regarding Medicare, Insurance, application for other services, or whatever is needed. It is our desire to assist our Seniors with whatever they need. Call for more information about this.

Beware of the many phone scams happening. IRS, Medicare and Social Security DO NOT call you, they send letters. Give no personal information—just hang up!! No need to be nice!

Just a note verifying that we are almost out of the Farmer’s Market Vouchers. Please call to verify we still have them before coming in. Happy summer-time eating!!

# in household
$1,926 $23,107
$2,607 $31,284
$3,288 $39,456




Have a great 4th!


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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