AGING SERVICES: Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7th

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What is CHOICES?

Connecticutís program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening.
 
Special Announcements and Events:
  • Beginning in April 2018, Medicare will be mailing New Medicare Cards to all new and current Medicare beneficiaries. To help protect your identity, Medicare is removing social security numbers from Medicare cards. The new cards will be issued with a Medicare number that is unique to each beneficiary. Beneficiaries who enroll into Medicare after April 1, 2018 will receive their card with their unique Medicare number. Current Connecticut Medicare beneficiaries are expected receive their new cards in the mail between June 2018 - April 2019.  Current beneficiaries may contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) to ensure your most current address is on file.
  • Interested in becoming a CHOICES Volunteer. Apply to participate in one of the 2018 CHOICES New Volunteer Trainings.   
  • Want to learn more about Medicare & Hospice care? Find out more in the CHOICES section of the Agency on Aging of South Central CTís March 2018 Newsletter.
  • Certified CHOICES Counselors are located at our partnering Area Agencies on Aging and in several agencies across our state. 
  • Guides and Publications to help Medicare Beneficiaries get education.
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
Senior Resources Agency on Aging, 
860-887-3561
19 Ohio Avenue, Norwich CT 06360

North Central areas of CT
North Central Area Agency on Aging
860-724-6443
151 New Park Avenue, Box 75, Hartford, CT 06106

South Central areas of CT
Agency on Aging of South Central CT
203-785-8533
One Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511

Southwestern areas of CT
Southwestern CT Agency on Aging
203-814-3698
1000 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Western areas of CT
Western CT Area Agency on Aging
203-757-5449
84 Progress Lane, Waterbury, CT 06705