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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Below is a list of announcements, points of interest and other information. Each entry is posted in date order with the most recent date at the top. If you would like further information on the subject please email us at SeniorConnection.

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NEWS FROM SHINE APRIL 2017

IMPORTANT PRESCRIPTION ADVANTGAGE INFORMATION

Date Posted: 03-08-2017
Details:

A recent survey completed on behalf of the Prescription Advantage Program shows thatMEDICARE Beneficiaries are not utilizing this valuable program to supplement their prescription drug plan coverage.  According to this survey there are 69,390 potential Prescription Advantage members in the Worcester County Area. Of these 69,390 potential members, only 5,652 beneficiaries are currently enrolled in Prescription Advantage. This leaves more than 63, 700 potential members who are not enrolled in this very valuable program.  Remember!! Prescription Advantage is the only program available to beneficiaries with low to moderate income that will help them when and if they reach the Prescription Drug Plan Coverage GAP.  Members in Prescription Advantage can save thousands of dollars on their Drug Costs by enrolling in this program.  It is important to stress this information at this time as events in Congress may in the near future, eliminate all assistance provided to the Medicare Part D Program by the Affordable Care Act. Be sure to ask your local SHINE Counselor about this important and valuable program.  Call Prescription Advantage at 800-243-4636 (option 2) for more information or to apply. You can also apply on line at www.prescriptionadvantagema.org.

 

“SHINE’S MEDICARE AND MORE” PROGRAM

The Central MASS SHINE Program is now sponsoring a monthly Cable TV  program called SHINE’s MEDICARE AND MORE”, we hope your local cable channel will pick it up.  This program is designed to educate and update MEDICARE beneficiaries and their families on MEDICARE and other programs that can assist you with your health insurance needs.  If you don’t see it on your local cable channel give them call and ask about it.

CENTRAL MASS SHINE WEBSITE

The Central Mass Region has recently launched its website.  You can visit us on the web at www.shinema.org. Our site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with you insurance needs.

Trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) volunteers can help you!  They offer free, unbiased, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare.  Call your senior center and ask for a SHINE appointment.  You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3.  Once you get the SHINE answering machine,leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back.  You can now visit us on the internet at shinema.org



NEWS FROM SHINE MARCH 2017

Date Posted: 02-06-2017
Details:

Affordable Care Act Repeal and Medicare!!

If the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) (ACA) is repealed Seniors and people with disabilities will

pay more in Medicare costs.  The ACA helped people with Medicare by closing the Medicare “donut hole” and providing free preventative services. One in four Medicare Part D enrollees has high enough prescription drug spending to fall into the Medicare “donut hole”. This means that 9 million seniors and people with disabilities would face much higher prescription costs.  Since 2010, Medicare enrollees have saved $2,272 per person on prescription drugs.  Seniors and other beneficiaries would also see costs for

Medicare preventative services that are free under the Affordable Care Act.

 

Does Medicare cover fitness programs?

While Original Medicare does not cover gym memberships or fitness programs, some Medicare Advantage (HMO or PPO) plans and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) plans do.  Many offer a Fitness Benefit that can save you up to $150 per calendar year in qualified health club membership fees and exercise classes.  Some plans offer the Silver Sneakers program.  Fitness classes available at senior centers may also be eligible for reimbursement.

Contact your plan to get information about what fitness benefits it offers.  Make sure you don’t miss the deadline for getting reimbursed for fitness expenses you paid in 2016!

“SHINE’S MEDICARE AND MORE” PROGRAM

The Central MASS SHINE Program is now sponsoring a monthly Cable TV program called SHINE’s MEDICARE AND MORE”, we hope your local cable channel will pick it up.  This program is designed to educate and update MEDICARE beneficiaries and their families on MEDICARE and other programs that can assist you with your health insurance needs.  If you don’t see it on your local cable channel give them call and ask about it.

CENTRAL MASS SHINE WEBSITE

The Central Mass Region has recently launched its website.  You can visit us on the web at www.shinema.org. Our site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with you insurance needs.

 

Trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) volunteers can help you!  They offer free, unbiased, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare.  Call your senior center and ask for a SHINE appointment.  You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3.  Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back.  You can now visit us on the internet at www.shinema.org.



Donors Fiscal Year 2016

Date Posted: 12-12-2016
Details:
Community Support  
AAA Northeast Notre Dame Home Care Center
Commonwealth of MA Employees Sunnyside Ford
Deborah Fins Associates, PC The Aging Space, Inc.
Financial Consulting Group Inc. Wong Dynasty Restaurant
Israel Real Estate Worcester Airport Limousine Service
Miller-Boria Insurance Agency, Inc.  
Northeast Insurance Agency  
   
Individual Donors  
Mr. Ronald Abraham Ms. Marian McGovern
Mr. & Mrs. Chester Babinski Ms. Nancy Meehan
Mr. & Mrs. Christian Baehrecke Ms. Elena Nasitano
Ms. Martha Bigelow Mr. Peter Neumann
Ms. Donna-Jo Burns Ms. Marie Newcomb
Ms. Elizabeth Callahan Mr. & Mrs. Eugene O'Rourke
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Castriotta Ms. Una Rice
Ms. Carole Cordiner Mr. & Mrs. Peter Rice
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph DeMarkey Ms. Carol Seager
Mr.& Mrs. Robert Dwyer Mr. Mark Watson
Ms. Theresa Eckstrom Ms. Rebecca Wild-Wesley
Mr. Alan Gootman  
Mr. Stephen Greenberg  
Mr. William Hardell  
Ms. Sona Hargrove  
Mr. Neil Isakson  
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Lavin  
Mr. Bruce Leger   
Mr. Rocco Marino  
   
In Memory of: In-Kind Contributions
Al & Lillian Collier Ashdown Technologies, Inc
In Memory of Our Parents (Sonia Hargrove) Elder & Disability Law Advocates
Leonard & Sydell T. Israel Premiere Self Storage
Paul & Sue Leger TechSoup
Anna & Rocco Marino Microsoft
Gloria Abraham Mooradian  
Albert C. Nasitano  
Ellen Watson  
In Memory of Our Parents (Mr. & Mrs. Tom Wesley)  

 



Thank You Ashdown!

Date Posted: 10-17-2008
Details:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Robert Dwyer

508-852-5539 
800-244-3032 

 


 

14 October, 2004
West Boylston, MA

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging (CMAA) is pleased to announce that Ashdown Technologies, Inc. (www.AshdownTech.com), SeniorConnection.org web manager and host, has offered to temporarily underwrite an expanded Connection for Caregivers. This generous offer came as CMAA was prepared to downsize the website due to lack of funding. According to a statement from Ashdown,

"Ashdown Technologies, Inc. is a web design and hosting company that has been working closely with CMAA since 1998. The Connection for Caregivers website, including itÂ’s interactive components, was developed with personnel from both organizations working hand-in-hand to offer a unique tool that met the needs of caregivers and the people they so courageously support.

Because of the effort and time invested in this project, we were very sad when we learned earlier this year that funding had run out for the site. Knowing the unique benefits of the site and not wanting to see it disappear, we began discussing how we could help. We quickly decided that offering our capabilities at no-charge was the right thing to do. To that end, as of September 1st, Ashdown Technologies began donating the necessary Internet services to keep the Connection for Caregivers website moving forward in its entirety. It is our great pleasure to be able to help CMAA and the community that they serve so well."

The Board and Staff of Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging would like to thank Ashdown Technologies, Inc. for its generous support of this important effort to educate and assist caregivers of elders.

Your help, however, is still needed to keep the Connection for Caregivers going. For more information on how you can help, go to www.SeniorConnection.org, or call Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging at 508-852-5539V/TDD or 1-800-244-3032V/TDD.



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