Spring! It’s that time of year. Seems everyone is preparing for something - graduation, weddings, sports events and trips. Be sure to use sunscreen when outside for long periods of time, as well as drinking plenty of water. Just learned that one of the causes of depression is dehydration. Preventive action is far better than treating sunburn and dehydration after the fact!!

People are asking a lot of questions regarding the Health Reform Law. The new law addresses Medicare in a number of ways. Many effective dates of parts of the bill are still yet to be determined. Dates that are definite are: Sept. 30, 2019 you’ll receive your Annual Notice of Change & Evidence of Coverage documents from your Part D Plan. Beginning Oct. 15. 2019 until Dec. 7, 2019 you’ll be able to add, drop or switch Part D Plans. After Dec. 7th you’re locked in to your plan for all of 2020. The plan becomes effective Jan. 1, 2020. Even with all the warnings last year, some didn’t check their plans and are stuck with bad plans this year. Don’t delay this year!! A great plan one year can be the worst plan the next year!! Plan ahead!

If you or someone you know is turning 65 in the next several months, now is the time to start planning your Medicare coverage. Even if you plan to work for a while, some company plans will not cover you if you’re eligible for Medicare. Medicare eligibility is age 65, no matter when you begin drawing Social Security. You will automatically receive your Medicare card before your 65th birthday only if you are currently receiving Social Security benefits, you just need to decide how you need to be covered. Clarification of your coverage with you or your spouse’s employer is the first step in the process. I’ll be glad to answer any of your questions concerning this - just don’t wait too long, there are periods of guaranteed coverage and eligibility. Don’t miss yours!

New Medicare cards have been issued. They came automatically. PA residents should have them by the end of June. If you haven’t received yours, call 1-800-medicare.

Medicare 101 classes are scheduled to be held here at the Center on Monday, June 17th and September 16th at 1:00pm. July 15th, August 14th, October 21st and December 9th are at 7:00pm. We’re offering day and evening classes to accommodate those still working. This is the time to get prepared for the changes you and/or your friends will experience turning 65. We will address signing up for Medicare and the various options available for prescription, medical & hospital insurance coverage. Mark the dates now and tell your friends. Attending this class first makes our one on one time more productive.

# in household
$1,926 $23,107
$2,607 $31,284
$3,288 $39,456
Farmer’s Market vouchers will be available on MONDAY, JUNE 3rd AFTER 11am. Please refer to the list that shows income limits for this year. Take advantage of this offering. Have a great June. Get out and enjoy the sunshine!



Mysteries of Medicare: What are the different parts of Medicare?

APPRISE is Pennsylvania’s statewide program of Medicare counseling under the auspices of the Chester County Department of Aging in Chester County. This newsletter from the APPRISE program will help you understand what each of the parts of Medicare provides.
The four parts of Medicare are:

Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for medically necessary inpatient hospital care, inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility, home health care and hospice care. The Part A premium is free if you have worked ten years (40 quarters) and paid your FICA (Medicare) taxes.

Part B (medical insurance) helps pay for medically necessary doctors’ services, outpatient services and other medical services and supplies that are not covered by Part A. There is a monthly premium for Part B.

Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, covers all Medicare Part A and Part B services and may offer other services such as vison and dental assistance. Most Part C plans include prescription drugs. Premiums for Part C vary and most plans have co-pays when you receive medical services.

Medicare Part D offers prescription drug coverage for those not enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan. There is a monthly premium for Part D.

Trained APPRISE counselors meet with Medicare beneficiaries to help explain Medicare programs and enrollment. You can contact APPRISE to schedule a free, confidential meeting with a counselor with any Medicare questions by calling any of the county senior centers or the APPRISE Helpline 610-344-5004 to leave a message. You can also email us at apprisechesco@outlook.com. Visit our website at http://www.chesco.org/477/Apprise-Health-Insurance-Counseling.

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




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



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.



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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