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Generations Beacon Article - October
Ask SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program)
Q: I received a piece of mail that says it is from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. How do I know if it is important or if it is even real?
A: Around this time each year, CMS and Social Security begin sending out important notices. Many of them require action from you. Some of them will be printed on a specific color paper according to the information being sent. Below is an explanation of some of these mailings.
- Gray Notice The Loss of Deemed Status will be sent to anyone who no longer automatically qualifies for Extra Help in 2020. If you have limited income and resources, you may still qualify for Extra Help, but you will need to apply to find out. The notice will explain why you no longer automatically qualify and encourage you to complete an enclosed application for Extra Help. You can expect this gray notice some time in September.
- Orange Notice If you have Extra Help and still automatically qualify, you should receive a Change in Extra Help Co- Payment Notice if your copays will change for 2020. You can expect this orange notice around October.
- Blue Notices If your Medicare drug plan is leaving the Medicare Program, you will receive a Reassignment Notice – Plan Termination. This means you will be reassigned to a new Medicare drug plan in 2020 unless you choose a new plan in early December. If you receive a blue Reassignment Notice – Premium Increase, you are being notified that your Medicare drug plan premium is increasing above the regional LIS premium subsidy amount. You will be reassigned to a new Medicare drug plan in 2020 if you don’t join a new plan. If you receive a blue MA Reassignment Notice, your current Medicare Advantage plan is leaving the Medicare Program, and you will be reassigned to a new Medicare Advantage plan in 2020 unless you choose a new plan in early December. You can expect any of these blue notices in late October to November.
- Tan Notices In November, you might want to be on the lookout for the LIS Choosers Notice. This notice is sent to people who have Extra Help and chose a Medicare drug plan on their own. If you receive this notice, it means your plan’s premium is changing, and you will have to pay a portion of the premium in 2020 unless you join a new $0 premium plan.
If you have any questions related to Medicare, contact SHIP at 1-800-452-4800, 1-866-846-0139 TDD or online at www.medicare.in.gov. You may also contact Generations, your local Area Agency on Aging & Disability at 1-800-742-9002.
SHIP is a free, unbiased counseling program provided by the Indiana State Department of Insurance.
Every Penny Counts
Every Penny Counts.
For as little as $25 a month, you can provide a family in need with the peace of mind that comes from owning their own Personal Emergency Response System. For $50, you can give a caregiver what he or she needs most: an afternoon out of the house with the help of our respite care program. And for less than that, you can provide our clients with Meals on Wheels gift certificates, transportation tokens, and even one-of-a-kind Teddy Bears. The point is, your contribution can help our friends and neighbors continue to live independently.
To help us meet our mission and financial challenges, we’ve established the "Looking to the Future" endowment through the Vincennes University Foundation. In addition, donations may also be made to Generations endowment through the Dubois County Community Foundation, Huntingburg Community Foundation and Greene County Community Foundation.
If you're interested in learning more about donating to Generations, you may click the donation button on home page of our website, or give us a call at 1-800-742-9002. You may also donate by mail. Your tax-deductible gift to Generations may be mailed to:
1019 N. 4th Street P.O. Box 314 Vincennes, IN 47591
Generations is thankful for the financial support provided by United Way, Community Foundations and charitable businesses, organizations and individuals in our communities.
Welcome to Generations
Our Focus Is Simple: YOUR HEALTH & HAPPINESS
We provide information and services to older adults, individuals with disabilities of any age and their caregivers in Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike counties.
From nutrition to arranging the right in-home services, our job is to connect individuals with the right programs and services to help improve their quality of life. Generations is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Service Division.
To offer older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers options for a better quality of life.
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Magazine Promotes Successful Aging
Generations Magazine is a free publication especially for active and informed adults that made its debut in the fall of 1998. Promoting successful aging for individuals in pre-retirement and retirement years, the magazine provides helpful information on a wide array of topics including health and fitness, caregiving and legal issues, investment and financial advice, and light reading to educational opportunities available through many outreach efforts and programs. Featured guest writers bring additional expertise and credability to the magazine’s professionalism and dedication to quality.
Generations Magazine is published 3 times a year and is sent to more than 5,000 subscribers. With advertiser support, we are able to provide the magazine free of charge to our readers. To be added to our mailing list, email your name and address to Linda Yochum at email@example.com or call 1-800-742-9002.
Or, If you would like to download the digital version of the magazine, click on the button below.
Please send all communications regarding the magazine to:Generations, c/o Brenda Hancock P.O. Box 314 Vincennes IN 47591
For advertising information contact Brenda Hancock at (812) 888-5146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This holiday season, Generations is sponsoring its 11th annual Build*A*Basket project to help provide for the basic needs of Generations’ clients while bringing them some holiday cheer.
Generations serves older adults in Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike counties. These older adults are on fixed incomes and often cannot afford the everyday necessities that many of us take for granted.
If you would like to donate a filled basket, please register your basket by clicking here, or you may call the office to register a basket at 1-800-742-9002. Thank you for continuing to make this program a success year after year. We could not do it without your help!
For more information, or questions, please contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information Their professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) offers information and advice to more than 250,000 callers each year. Visit their website at: www.alz.org
The Support Group for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia meets the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Central Church of Christ (Fellowship Hall), 1600 Forbes Road, Vincennes. The meetings provide the latest information on Alzheimer's research and medications, help and encouragement from other caregivers and open but confidential discussions and a chance to be heard. For more information, contact Roger Wright, Support Group Facilitator, at (812) 882-7963 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Matter of Balance Classes
UPCOMING MATTER OF BALANCE CLASSES
If you are interested in attending a Matter of Balance class in the future and you live in, or near our six-county service area, please contact Alma Kramer at (812)888-4527. If enough interest is generated in an area, we will do our best to set up a class in that area.
Generations’ Column for October 19, 2019
ARE YOU A CAREGIVER? DO YOU KNOW A CAREGIVER? Come join Generations on November 14th, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Green Activities Center on the campus of Vincennes University for our Caregiver Connection event! This is a day designed specifically for family caregivers (or those who care for friends, neighbors, etc). Our keynote speaker will be Deborah Day Laxson, author of The Gray Zone: When Life Support No Longer Supports Life. The Alzheimer’s Association will provide caregiving information, and CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions will speak on a new Indiana initiative – Dementia Friends Indiana. A free lunch will be provided, and vendors will be available to provide valuable information. The first 100 people to register will receive a free copy of Ms. Laxson’s book on the day of the event. Seating is limited, so register TODAY! You may register online on our website at www.generationsnetwork.org or by calling 812-888-4854. For more information on this event, or if you are a vendor who is interested in attending, please contact Cindi Holloway at 812-888-4267 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
DINE WITH A DOC® - NOVEMBER 6th: Senior Education Ministries, in partnership with Generations and Vincennes University, will be presenting Dine with a Doc® on November 6th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Green Activities Center, 120 W. Harrison St., Vincennes, IN, on the Vincennes University Campus. The program is free to the public, and a free lunch will be provided by Kindred Hospice. November’s speaker will be Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Marcus Thorne, MD from Daviess Community Hospital. This program provides the opportunity to fellowship with peers while receiving valuable information from our medical community. If you would like more information about Dine with a doc® you may visit www.dinewithadoc.com. Please RSVP by contacting Cathy Jones at 1-800-742-9002.
GENERATIONS MAGAZINE: Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org