Monday, October 28, 2013

IMPORTANT!! Seniors and Health Insurance Alert

There is a lot of erroneous information about health care reform.  Please, read below, so you will not be confused.  If you have questions, call me or Medicare, 1-800-MEDICARE.

 

Medicare & the Health Insurance Marketplace

The Health Insurance Marketplace, a key part of the Affordable Care Act, will take effect in 2014. It’s a new way for individuals, families, and employees of small businesses to get health coverage.

 

If I have Medicare, do I need to do anything?

No. Medicare isn’t part of the Marketplace, so you don’t need to do anything. If you have Medicare, you’re considered covered.

The Marketplace won’t affect your Medicare choices, and your benefits won’t change. No matter how you get Medicare, whether through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), you’ll still have the same benefits and security you have now. You won’t have to make any changes.

Note: The Marketplace doesn’t offer Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policies or Part D drug plans.

 

Can I get a Marketplace plan in addition to Medicare?

No. It’s against the law for someone who knows that you have Medicare to sell you a Marketplace plan. This is true even if you have only Medicare Part A or only Part B.

If you want coverage designed to supplement Medicare, you can visit Medicare.gov to learn more about Medigap policies. You can also visit Medicare.gov to learn more about other Medicare options, like Medicare Advantage Plans.

 

Can I choose Marketplace coverage instead of Medicare?

Generally, no. As noted above, it’s against the law for someone who knows you have Medicare to sell you a Marketplace plan.

But, you can choose Marketplace coverage if you’re eligible for Medicare but haven’t enrolled in it (because you would have to pay a premium, or because you’re not collecting Social Security benefits).

Before making this choice, there are 2 important points to consider:

1.             If you enroll in Medicare after your initial enrollment period ends, you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty for as long as you have Medicare.

2.             Generally, you can enroll in Medicare only during the Medicare general enrollment period (from January 1 March 31). Your coverage won’t begin until July of that year.


 

 

What if I become eligible for Medicare after I join a Marketplace plan?

You can get a Marketplace plan to cover you before your Medicare begins. You can then cancel the Marketplace plan once your Medicare coverage starts.

Once youre eligible for Medicare, you’ll have an initial enrollment period to sign up. For most people, the initial enrollment period for Medicare starts 3 months before their 65th birthday and ends 3 months after their 65th birthday.

In most cases it’s to your advantage to sign up when you’re first eligible because:

    Once you’re eligible for Medicare, you won’t be able to get lower costs for a Marketplace plan based on your income.

    If you enroll in Medicare after your initial enrollment period ends, you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty for as long as you have Medicare.

 

Will Medicare Advantage plans still be available after the Marketplace starts?

Yes. The Medicare Advantage program isn’t changing as a result of the health care law.

 

Where can I get more information?

    To learn more about Medicare enrollment, coverage, and plan choices, visit Medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

    If you have family and friends who don’t have health insurance, or if they want to explore new health plan options, tell them to visit HealthCare.gov.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Medicare Open Enrollment info session via telephone

Please pass the word among your homebound clients over the age of 50 who are socially and physically isolated in the community about upcoming Tele-Learning Sessions. Attached is a flyer to post and how to make a good referral to the program.
 
Medicare 2014 Updates Tuesday November 5, 2013 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Guest:         Norma Almanza
Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program (HICAP) Outreach Coordinator for the state of Texas.
                     Texas Department of Insurance
Discussion Topics
·         What am I supposed to do during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period of October 15-December 7?
·         What am I supposed to review?
·         Where can I get help?
·         I am getting lots of mails and calls about Medicare, why are they calling and how did they get my number?
·         What is changing in Medicare for 2014?
·         Where can I get other help with my health related questions/problems?
 
Family Eldercare's Lifetime Connections Without Walls program (LCWW) offers socialization, brain fitness activities and educational presentations to homebound older adults who are socially or physically isolated in the community. Older adults join in from their homes using their telephone and dialing a toll free phone number and an access code. Older adults also have the opportunity to have a volunteer facilitator connect them to the group call. Participants join in from all over the state of Texas. Volunteers can join in from home or work or come to our office to facilitate the call. The program goal is to alleviate social isolation, and loneliness among participants by providing opportunities for meaningful conversations, friendships and peer support and also empower them. For our program calendar and session catalog, please check out our website http://www.familyeldercare.org/.
 
Do you know of a client, family member, neighbor who is physically or socially isolated and lonely at home? Help spread the word about the program.

CALL TO PRE-REGISTER! 512-220-7076. Once registered, you will receive the toll free number to join the call. For clients who qualify based on income, there is no fee to join the call. Registration fees applicable depending on income.
 
Program Information
50+ - Socially or Physically isolated in the community
Ability to have a conversation over the phone
Participant should be comfortable been on the phone and in a group situation.
Memory loss and hearing impaired seniors are not a good fit for this program.
Access to a telephone
Clients need to be registered to join the sessions.
A low cost minimal registration fee as applicable. Please call for more information.
 
Referral Process
Please get client permission and call at 512-220-7076 or email mshetty@familyeldercare.org
 
Professionals and Paid and Unpaid Family Caregivers
Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to offer this session to you.
 
Have a great day!
 
Regards,
 
Mary Shetty, MGS.
Program Manager| Lifetime Connections Without Walls | Family Eldercare|
Team Leader Service Coordinator| Lyons Gardens Senior Apartments|
512.220.7076 Office
512.459.6436 Fax | www.familyeldercare.org
 
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Upcoming Alzheimer's Association Classes

 

 
  Caregiver & Educational Opportunities Class Schedule
  October 2013

 

Sign up online by clicking any RSVP link below or call 1-800-272-3900.

See our Living with Alzheimer's and Professional Caregiving classes
at the bottom of this email.

Alzheimer's and Diabetes-Bilingual Presentation

Wednesday, Nov. 27

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

[RSVP]

The Summit [MAP]
2975 Esplanade
Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Alzheimer's and Diabetes: Is There a Link?

Monday, Nov. 4

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

[RSVP]

Jefferson Senior Center [MAP]
1617 W. Jefferson
Dallas, TX 75208

Tuesday, Nov. 19

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

[RSVP]

Hutchins Senior Center [MAP]
500 West Hickman Street
Hutchins, TX 75141

Alzheimer's and Driving

Wednesday, Nov. 13

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

[RSVP]

Mobberly Baptist Church [MAP]
625 E. Loop 281
Longview, TX 75605

Behaviors and Communication

Wednesday, Oct. 23

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

[RSVP]

Christian Care Center [MAP]
948 Wiggins Parkway
Mesquite, TX 75150

Brain Health-Bilingual Presentation

Monday, Nov. 18

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

[RSVP]

Jefferson Senior Center [MAP]
1617 W. Jefferson
Dallas, TX 75208

Candid Conversations: Early Detection matters

Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

[RSVP]

Juliette Fowler Community [MAP]
In the Chapel
1234 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75214

Clase para las Cuidadores

Estas clases están diseñadas para brindar información, guía y entrenamiento a los cuidadores y personas que asisten a alguien con la enfermedad de Alzheimer.

Saturday, Oct. 19

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

[RSVP]

Methodist Hospital Dallas [MAP]
Weatherford Room (off lobby)
1441 N. Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203

Community Presentation

Thursday, Oct. 24

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

[RSVP]

Carver Senior Center [MAP]
222 Carver Street
Garland, TX 75040

Coping with the Holidays

Tuesday, Oct. 22

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

[RSVP]

Emeritus at Stonebridge [MAP]

, TX

Family Caregiver Classes

This specialy designed class provides family caregivers with information, guidance and training to assist them in caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease. Topics include: Overview of Alzheimer's disease, Meeting Daily Challenges, Communication, Safety, Managing Difficult Behavior and Caring for the Caregiver.

Lunch will be provided.

Friday, Oct. 18

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

[RSVP]

Baylor Senior Health Center [MAP]
Conference Room
1650 Republic Parkway, Suite 150
Mesquite, TX 75150

Wednesday, Oct. 23

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

[RSVP]

Charlton Methodist Hospital [MAP]
Outpatient Center, 3rd Floor, Conference Room 7
3500 Wheatland Road
Dallas, TX 75237

Saturday, Nov. 2

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

[RSVP]

Alzheimer’s Association Office [MAP]
4144 N. Central Expwy, Suite 750
Dallas, TX 75204

Wednesday, Nov. 13

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

[RSVP]

Charlton Methodist Hospital [MAP]
Outpatient Center, 3rd Floor, Conference Room 7
3500 Wheatland Road
Dallas, TX 75237

Tuesday, Nov. 19

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

[RSVP]

Medical Center of McKinney, Wysong Campus [MAP]
Education Room 1
130 S. Central Expressway
McKinney, TX 75070

Tuesday, Nov. 19

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

[RSVP]

Medical Center of McKinney, Wysong Campus [MAP]
Education Room 1
130 S. Central Expressway
McKinney, TX 75070

Saturday, Dec. 7

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

[RSVP]

Alzheimer’s Association Office [MAP]
4144 N. Central Expwy, Suite 750
Dallas, TX 75204

Tuesday, Dec. 17

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

[RSVP]

Medical Center of McKinney, Wysong Campus [MAP]
Education Room 1
130 S. Central Expressway
McKinney, TX 75070

Know the 10 Signs-Bilingual Presentation

Thursday, Dec. 19

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

[RSVP]

The Summit [MAP]
2975 Esplanade
Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

Learn the warning signs that may be symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Understand the importance of visiting your doctor early to rule out treatable conditions that may be the cause of these symptoms. Early diagnosis helps with planning, treatment, the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, and access to support from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

[RSVP]

Emily Fowler Public Library [MAP]
502 Oakland Street
Denton, TX 76201

Tuesday, Nov. 12

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

[RSVP]

Emmitt Evans Senior Center [MAP]
1116 Hillcrest Street
Mesquite, TX 75149

Wednesday, Nov. 13

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

[RSVP]

Notre Dame Courts [MAP]
801 Madsion
Dallas, TX 75208

Wednesday, Nov. 20

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

[RSVP]

Pleasant Grove Senior Center [MAP]
7224 Umphress Road
Dallas, TX 75217

Wednesday, Dec. 18

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

[RSVP]

Jefferson Senior Center [MAP]
1617 W. Jefferson
Dallas, TX 75208

Legal and Financial Planning

Tuesday, Oct. 22

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

[RSVP]

Medical Center of McKinney, Wysong Campus [MAP]
Education Room 1
130 S. Central Expressway
McKinney, TX 75070

Tuesday, Nov. 26

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

[RSVP]

Medical Center of McKinney, Wysong Campus [MAP]
Education Room 1
130 S. Central Expressway
McKinney, TX 75070

Richard J. Price Caregiver Conference

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6

8:45 AM - 4:30 PM

[RSVP]

Lovers Lane United Methodist Church [MAP]
Asbury Hall
9200 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX 75220

Surviving the Holidays

Thursday, Nov. 7

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

[RSVP]

Waxahachie Senior Center [MAP]
122 Park Hills Drive
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Thursday, Dec. 5

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

[RSVP]

Waxahachie Senior Center [MAP]
122 Park Hills Drive
Waxahachie, TX 75165

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

This short class (1.5 to 2 hours long) offers an overview for those who have concerns about memory loss or have had a diagnosis of dementia. Learn about the Alzheimer’s disease process, as well as the programs offered by the Greater Dallas Chapter for both the person with Alzheimer’s and the caregiver.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

[RSVP]

Emily Fowler Public Library [MAP]
502 Oakland Street
Denton, TX 76201

Thursday, Nov. 7

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

[RSVP]

Garland Senior Center [MAP]
600 W. Avenue A
Garland, TX 75040

Professional Caregiver Classes

Sign up online by clicking any RSVP link below or call 1-800-272-3900.

Activities Based Alzheimer’s Care (ABAC)

This 7-hour class teaches professionals how to determine their client's level of dementia, design activities to meet needs, and use the environment and the client's own preferences to achieve success. Recommended for Activity Directors and Social Workers in long term care facilities.

Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

[RSVP]

North Central Texas Chapter, Alzheimer's Association [MAP]
2630 West Freeway, Ste 100
Fort Worth, TX 76012-7117

Professional Caregiver Class

This program provides the professional caregiver with the training and skills to care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This six-hour class covers topics including About Dementia, Meeting Daily Challenges, Communication, Making Connections, Safety Issues, Managing Challenging Behaviors, and End of Life care. Participants receive a certificate of completion.

Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, Oct. 24

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

[RSVP]

Alzheimer’s Association Office [MAP]
4144 N. Central Expwy, Suite 750
Dallas, TX 75204


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