Category: Medicare

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Welcome to Medicare! Free Seminar

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Learn the differences between types of Medicare coverage, prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, and more at the Welcome to Medicare seminar. Guest speaker is Sheryl Schroeder, Public Affairs Specialist at the Social Security Administration – Dallas Region.

If you have Medicare and are lost when it comes to your coverage, or if you are looking to enroll and don’t know where to start, this seminar is for you! The event will be held on May 23, 10 A.M. to noon, in Conference Room D9 in the Central Texas Council of Governments building, located at 2180 N. Main Street in Belton, TX.

Do You Need Help with Prescriptions and Medicare Costs?

AGING WELL IN CENTRAL TEXAS

Weekly information brought to you by the Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas (AAACT). The AAACT is a partner agency of the Central Texas Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and a program of the Central Texas Council of Governments. The AAACT is funded in part by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Do you want help paying for your prescriptions and Medicare costs?

Extra Help is a federal program available for those on Medicare who have difficulty paying their prescription drug costs.

Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty paying their health care costs may qualify for a Medicare Savings Program (QMB, SLMB, or QI).

Eligibility for both programs is based on income and resources.

To determine if you are eligible for Extra Help or the Medicare Savings Program and for help with the application process, please contact the Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas.

For more information, please contact the Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas, your designated State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), at 254.770.2330 or 1.800.447.7169

The AAACT welcomes you to visit its website at www.centexaaa.com

The AAACT is a program of the Central Texas Council of Governments and is funded in part by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Medicare Open Enrollment

AGING WELL IN CENTRAL TEXAS

Weekly information brought to you by the Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas (AAACT). The AAACT is a partner agency of the Central Texas Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and a program of the Central Texas Council of Governments. The AAACT is funded in part by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7

It’s Earlier Now

Your health needs change from year to year. And, your health plan may change the benefits and costs each year too. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year. Open enrollment is the one time of year when ALL people with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage.

There’s never been a better time to check out Medicare coverage. There are new benefits available for all people with Medicare – whether you choose Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan – including lower prescription costs, wellness visits, and preventive care. Take advantage of Open Enrollment and you may be able to save money, get better coverage, or both.

What is the benefit of having an earlier enrollment period?

Starting this year, Open Enrollment starts earlier – on October 15th – and lasts longer (7 full weeks) to give YOU enough time to review and make changes to your coverage. But, also starting this year, you will need to make your final selection for next year’s Medicare coverage by December 7th. This change ensures Medicare has enough time to process your choice, so your coverage can begin without interruption on January 1.

It’s worth it to take the time to review and compare, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you typically use the December holidays to discuss health care options with family or friends, plan now to move that conversation earlier. And remember that Medicare is available to help.

  • Visit www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare your current coverage with all of the options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.
  • Call 1.800.MEDICARE (1.800.633.4227) 24-hours a day/7 days a week to find out more about your coverage options. TTY users should call 1.877.486.2048.
  • Review the Medicare & You 2012 handbook. It is mailed to people with Medicare in September.
  • Receive one-on-one help from your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) by calling 1.800.447.7169. The Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas is the designated SHIP for the Central Texas Counties of Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills and San Saba.  SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services