Medicare Part D Information and Assistance
Open Enrollment is from October 15 – December 7, 2013
If you are going to make changes to your current coverage, enrolling by November 30, 2013 helps to ensure that you can get the prescriptions you need on January 1, 2014.
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is the time to:
- Find if there is a less expensive plan that still covers your medications;
- Evaluate your current plan to see if all your medications are still covered in 2014 and what your projected costs will be;
- Enroll for the first time if you did not enroll when first eligible.
Enrollment Check-Up—Questions to Ask:
- Cost—Will your premium and costs change in 2014?
- Coverage—Will your prescription drugs be covered by your current plan in 2014?
- Customer Service—Are you satisfied with the service you receive from your current plan?
Options for Assistance
- Medigap Over 60 Part D Prescription Helpline
- Disability Part D Helpline
- 1-800-926-4862 (Weekdays)
If you are over the age of 60 and a resident of Dane County you may receive in-person help from the local focal point where you live.
Extra Financial Assistance
The Social Security Administration mailed letters to persons it believed may be eligible for extra financial assistance or that may need a review. For qualified individuals, this subsidy is available to pay the entire, or a portion of, the monthly premium, the deductibles, and co-pays. You maybe eligible for this subsidy if you are:
- One person with an income of less than $17,235.50 per year and limited cash assets of $13,300.00 or less.
- A couple with income limited to $23,265 or less per year and cash assets of $26,580 or less.
If you did not receive a letter and believe you may be eligible please contact your local Social Security Office at 1-866-815-2924 or www.socialsecurity.gov. CMS, the Medicare agency, color codes most of their important notices during this time of year. Their letters may come to you on tan, grey, orange, blue, purple, yellow or green paper. Keep an eye out for these letters and be sure to keep them for future reference.
Important: Do not make changes lightly or without first consulting with someone who can give you all the information you need to make an informed choice.
Save the Date! The Warrior Summit returns to Madison November 13 and 14 at the Bishop O'Connor Center. Open to veterans, civilians and clinicians. Learn more and register at www.warriorsummit.org. Discounts and fee waivers are available for veterans, family members and students.
Download the press release.
ADRC of Dane County featured on “For the Record”
The ADRC of Dane County was one the the topics on Neil Heinen's “For the Record” which aired on Sunday April 28, 2013. Click on the link to learn more about the ADRC as featured on his program.
Here to assist you!
Dane County is pleased to announce the opening of an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) on Madison's North side. County Executive Joe Parisi officiated at the ribbon cutting held Monday, November 19th at 11 a.m. Staff began providing information and outreach services on Wednesday, November 28th.
Since the State of Wisconsin Office of Resource Center Development approved Dane County's application in April 2012, staff have been busy planning for the physical space of the ADRC as well as putting the program in place. The ADRC will be the front door to the long-term care system. It is a one-stop shop for the general public for information and assistance on issues affecting older people and people with disabilities. “This is an exciting opportunity to enhance services for older adults and people with physical or developmental disabilities,” says Lynn Green, Director of the Department of Human Services.
To support seniors, adults with disabilities, their families and caregivers by providing useful information, assistance and education on community services and long-term care options and by serving as the single entry point for publicly funded long-term care services while at all times respecting the rights, dignity and preference of the individual.
A Request for Art!
Dane County Human Services opened its Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) in November. The ADRC is located in newly renovated space in the Northside Town Center located at 2865 North Sherman Avenue, Madison. The new ADRC needs works of art on its walls and would like to have works of art created by the people the ADRC will be assisting: persons 17½ years of age or older with a disability or anyone over the age of 60. We are hoping you can help us by identifying artists who would be willing to donate artwork to the ADRC to be hung prominently in public areas. There will be a small gift card as honorarium for the artists and all art will bear artist identification plaques. If you know of someone who may be interested in this opportunity please share the following information. Thank you for your consideration.