Insurance Commissioner Reminds Medicare Beneficiaries to Compare Plans During Open Enrollment

  • October 5, 2020

RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey reminds Medicare beneficiaries to compare and evaluate their current plans and make necessary changes during the annual Open Enrollment Period. Medicare plans and prices change. It is important for Medicare beneficiaries to take advantage of the Open Enrollment Period by contacting local Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors to save money, improve your coverage or both.

The Open Enrollment Period begins on Oct. 15, 2020 and runs for eight weeks to give you enough time to review and make changes to your Medicare coverage. Changes must be made by Dec. 7, 2020 to guarantee your coverage will begin without interruption on Jan. 1, 2021.

It’s important to contact your local SHIIP counselor before making a decision about coverage because you may be able to receive more affordable and better Medicare health and/or drug plan options in your area. For example, even if you are satisfied with your current Medicare Advantage or Part D plan, there may be another plan in your area that covers your health care and/or drugs at a better price.

SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and offers free, unbiased information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues. In addition to helping Medicare beneficiaries compare and enroll in plans during the Open Enrollment Period, SHIIP counselors can help people find out if they are eligible for Medicare cost savings programs.

Here are some of the ways to review and compare plans available for 2021:

• Get one-on-one help from your local SHIIP office by calling the Western or Eastern Chatham Senior Centers at 919-742-3975 or 919-542-4572.
• Get one-on-one help from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, by calling 1-855-408-1212, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also request in-person assistance in your home county.
• Visit www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare your current coverage with all of the options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.
• Review the Medicare & You handbook. It was mailed to people with Medicare in September.
• Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to find out more about your coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

For more information about SHIIP and the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, call 1-855-408-1212 or visit www.ncshiip.com.

COA Survey for Chatham Residents age 50+

  • August 11, 2020

Dear Council on Aging Friends,  

The Chatham Council on Aging is conducting a survey to inform our programming and outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  We currently provide programming available online and over the phone.  We want to hear your thoughts about our programming, what else you would like to see, what technology you have to access the programming, and how else you would like to stay connected.    

This survey is open to those age 50+ in Chatham.  Most of our programming serves people age 60+, but some programming serves those over 50 and we want this survey to be as inclusive as possible.    

Please share this survey link broadly!  Even if you have not yet participated in Council on Aging/Senior Center programming, please complete the survey so we know what seniors in Chatham want.   

You can take the survey online herehttps://bit.ly/ChathamCoA    It should take 10-15 minutes.  

If you have questions or need assistance with this survey, please contact: Liz Lahti at (919) 542-4512 x 228 or liz.lahti@chathamcoa.org 

Please take the survey by August 20th.  If you complete the survey and share your contact information, we will have a drawing and you might be the lucky one to receive 1 of 2 gift cards provided by a donor (each worth $25.)  

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It has never been easier to prepare a Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will.

  • July 28, 2020

It has never been easier to prepare a Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will. Through Friday, July 31st, documents may be prepared with a Notary Public without witnesses. Emergency laws make that possible, but time is short. 

Under ordinary circumstances, we recommend that adults--especially those at greater risk--share values and preferences, what they want and don't and whom they designate to speak for them if they cannot. Present circumstances are far from ordinary.

Seeking Your Help for a Study about Discharge from the Emergency Room

  • May 6, 2020

A nursing research student, Karen Valcheff, from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro is interested in your discharge experience from the emergency room.

You can be in this study if you are:
 65 years of age or older
 Have been discharged from the emergency room within the past one to four weeks to home, a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living placement.

Being in the study involves a 30-45-minute telephone interview. Mrs. Valcheff would like to talk to you about your experience with your discharge plan. Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential.

To learn more about the study, please call her at (814) 619 6085 or email her at klvalche@uncg.edu. If you choose to participate you will receive a $25 gift card.

Census info session at the Western Chatham Senior Center

  • January 27, 2020
Image offering info about how completing the Census helps bring Federal tax dollars to Chatham.

Come learn more about the upcoming Census and why it’s important for our community.

February 3, 2020 @ 10 AM at the Western Chatham Senior Center in Siler City

Sabia usted? Participando en el Censo devuelve dolares de impuestos a Chatham!

el 3 de febrero del 2020 a las 10 AM – Western Chatham Senior Center – Siler City

Heat Assistance

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