AGING SERVICES: It's Medicare Open Enrollment time!

Individuals on the Medicare Savings Program, or those on the low income subsidy (extra help), can make changes to their Medicare plans throughout the year.  Beneficiaries are encouraged to review their options. Contact a CHOICES Certified counselor ( 1-800-994-9422) for assistance.
  
What is CHOICES?
 
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Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening.
 • Call CHOICES at 1-800-994-9422 to speak with a counselor in your area
  
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 of Social Services, 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 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Administration on Aging through the Older Americans Act.
• Produces the following guides: 
-Guide to Choosing a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan in Connecticut
-Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance (Medigap) Rate Charts
 
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
 
You can also view a list of Certified Counselors for the:
• CHOICES counselors make a difference! Learn more about becoming a volunteer CHOICES Certified Counselor. 

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