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February

This past year we had to say goodbye to many of our friends, some through death, others moving away. Remember, your friends at the Center are here for you. Keep us informed if you are in need of support. Lone Ranger only made it in the movies!!

If you have any questions about your health insurance coverage, please see me. If you are not happy with Medicare Advantage Plan, you have until February 14th to disenroll. Call for an appointment.

You need to pay attention to any letter you receive from insurance, Pace, etc. Putting it off has cost some a lot of money and grief. Iím never too busy and nothing is too insignificant for me to look at what you have. Thatís why Iím here - to serve you. Weíve been advised of a phone scam in the area, a man claiming to be an insurance agent for their Part D Plan. To avoid falling victim to this type of scam, remember these important tips:

  • Protect - Never give out personal information to unsolicited callers
  • Detect - Know that Medicare and/or private Part D plans would never ask for your bank account number. If they do, itís a red flag.
  • Report - If you receive a similar call or would like to report a scam, call the Senior Medicare Patrol at CARIE. A real person will answer your call, no buttons to push or menus to follow.

Senior Medicare Patrol at CARIE 1-800-356-3606

If you are new to Social Security, you have to select an electronic payment option. You have 2 choices: 1) Direct Deposit through your checking or savings account, 2) Direct Express Cardóaccepted any where a Debit MasterCard is accepted. You can sign up online at www.GoDirect.org or by visiting your bank or credit union. If you donít, you may be issued a Direct Express card.

With the new year comes the time to clean out those bill drawers and get ready for Income Tax Preparation. For some, all youíll need is info to prepare your Rent/Tax Rebate form. Be sure to have all your income forms and a stamped paid copy of your 2017 tax bill. If youíve filed before, youíll receive an application booklet in the mail. Your tax preparer is able to file it for you using your 2017 income information. Many of you are not required to file a federal tax return (IRS) but the Commonwealth of PA still hasnít revised itís system. Even though you probably wonít owe anything, the return must still be filed.

This is a good month to remember to get heart checkups, survey your cupboards for heart healthy foods and show up for Silver Sneakers. Perhaps give up junk food for Lent ó start a new habit ó it just may stick! Donít forget your Valentine this month, and if you donít have one, do something for someone who is alone and/or lonely.

Sally



Chester County Fook Bank
Chester County Senior Food Box Program (CCSFBP)

Is a county funded program that helps seniors gain access to nutritious foods so they can better improve their health.

If you or someone you know is at least 60 yrs. old and has low income, please register for the CCSFBP box that is available to qualifying seniors each month.

Each box may contain packaged fruit, non-perishable proteins, vegetables, carbyhydraes & dairy!!

Proof of age is required at sign up. There is no charge for this food. If you qualify then CCSFBP Box can be picked up the 1st Monday of every month between 1:00-3:00pm.

For more information contact

Sally Arter

(610) 932-5244
12 East Locust Street
Oxford, PA 19363

 


 

WHAT IS INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE?

From time to time we all know we need information but have no idea how to find answers.

   

REFER WEB

The Chester County Department of Human Services is pleased to introduce Refer Web, an Information and Referral web-based application. Simply visit their website at www.chesco.org/human. Once on the site, locate the Refer Web icon, click on it and start searching.

 

WHO IS SALLY ARTER?

Sally is the Center's very own Information & Assistance Specialist. Her responsibilities included helping you find the answers to your questions.

 

 

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