AGING SERVICES: Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15th

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What is CHOICES?

Connecticutís program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening.
 
Special Announcements and Events:
The CHOICES Program: CTís SHIP or State Health Insurance assistance Program
  • Is a cooperative program of the State of Connecticut Department on Aging, the Area Agencies on Aging and the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
  • Is funded by the Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration on Aging through the Older Americans Act. 
  • Produces several guides that can be found on the Aging Services Publication Page.
  • Is comprised of staff and in-kind professionals from local service agencies, and volunteers.
Provides the following types of information and assistance to individuals age 60 and older and all Medicare beneficiaries, including persons with disabilities:

Health insurance benefits explanation and enrollment assistance for Medicare and other related health insurance options such as:
  • Medicare Supplement
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
  • Medicare Savings Program
  • Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy
  • Medicare Preventive Services
Outreach presentations are conducted throughout the state of CT.  To attend, request, or schedule a presentation in your area, call 1-800-994-9422.  You may also contact your local CHOICES Regional Coordinator.  Outreach may include: 
  • Presentations: New to Medicare, Medicare Bootcamp, & CHOICES/SHIP
  • MIPPA eligibility screening & application assistance
  • Medicare Open Enrollment events
  • Booths at local senior & health fairs
Information and referrals to appropriate agencies which enables individuals to access needed services such as: 
  • Adult Day Care
  • Financial Assistance
  • Homecare
  • Housing
  • Nursing Home
  • Nutrition
  • Respite Care
  • Transportation
Eligibility Screenings and application assistance for federal and state benefit programs including: 
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid and Medicaid Waivers
  • Energy Assistance 
  • Caregiver Program
  • CT Home Care Program for Elders
**Eligibility determinations can only be made by the appropriate federal, state, or local agency managing the above programs. 
 
To attend a presentation or connect with a certified CHOICES Counselor in your area, please contact the CHOICES Regional Coordinator:
Eastern, Middlesex, Shoreline areas of CT-
Laura Crews, 860-887-3561 ext 129
LJCrews@seniorresourcesec.org
Senior Resources Agency on Aging

North Central areas of CT-
Cynthia Del Favero, 860-724-6443 ext 251
Cynthia.Delfavero@ncaaact.org
North Central Area Agency on Aging

South Central areas of CT-
Leslie Pruitt, 203-785-8533 ext 3165
lpruitt@aoascc.org
Agency on Aging of South Central CT

Southwestern areas of CT-
Sharon Gesek, 203-814-3686
sgesek@swcaa.org
Southwestern CT Agency on Aging

Western areas of CT
Magaly Bravo, 203-757-5449
mbravo@wcaaa.org
Western CT Area Agency on Aging