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What is CHOICES?

Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening.

Special Announcements and Events:
  • Counselors make a difference! Our 2017 CHOICES New Counselor Training sessions begin on April 6th. Learn more about becoming a Certified CHOICES Counselor. 
  • If you would like to attend a presentation, connect with a certified CHOICES counselor or learn more about CHOICES call 1-800-994-9422. If your group or agency would like CHOICES to provide a presentation about services and/or Medicare, contact one of the CHOICES Regional Coordinator’s listed below.
  • CHOICES has partnered with NAMI-CT to provide Medicare Presentations for beneficiaries who are New to Medicare. Beneficiaries and caregivers who attend the presentation will be able to learn valuable information about Medicare benefits and options.
  • The Low Income Subsidy/Extra Help, Medicare Savings Program and Medicare Preventive Benefits are programs that may help Medicare beneficiaries save money.
  • Livanta is the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) that handles Medicare beneficiary discharge appeals and quality of care complaints for inpatient stays at hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice providers and rehabilitation facilities, which are all services that are normally covered under Medicare Part A. To learn more about these and other services provided by Livanta, call 1-866-815-5440.
  • Do you have Medicare Part B?  Find out more about free or low cost Medicare Preventive Benefits Information like the Annual Wellness Visit. Preventive Benefits may help you on your journey to health and wellness!

The CHOICES Program:
  • Provides information to persons age 60 and older and persons with disabilities.
  • Is a cooperative program of the State of Connecticut Department on Aging, the Area Agencies on Aging, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy.
  • Is comprised of both staff, in-kind professionals from local service agencies and volunteers.
  • Is also known as the CT SHIP or State Health Insurance Assistance Program.
  • 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.  

Information on Health Insurance Assistance:
• CHOICES provides information and assistance about Medicare and other related health insurance options including:

Original Medicare Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
Medicare Supplement Insurance
(Medigap)
Medicaid/Benefits that work with Medicare
Medicare Managed Care Insurance Long-term Care Insurance
New to Medicare - enrollment dates and informaiton
Transitioning to Medicare from   other benefits

Information and Referral
• CHOICES is a “one-stop shopping” information source for services available to older adults.  Referrals to appropriate agencies is another offering which enables individuals to access needed services.  Area Agencies on Aging provide direction to local service providers who can specifically address any one of the following  problems or concerns that older persons and their families may be encountering:
 
Adult Day Care   Financial Assistance   Home Care
Respite Care  Legal Assistance  Nursing Homes
Housing Options  Elder Abuse  Transportation
Nutrition  

Eligibility Screening
• Area Agency on Aging staff provide information and preliminary screening for more than 20 federal and state benefit programs.  Actual eligibility determinations for benefits and programs can only be made through a formal application process with the appropriate federal, state, or local agency managing program.  Programs include:

Supplemental Security Income   Caregiver Programs
Medicare Savings Programs: QMB, SLMB, ALMB
Energy Assistance
Connecticut Home Care Program    Medicaid

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