Archive for June 2010

Por qué quedarse en casa este verano?

Yolanda Salazar

Yolanda Salazar

La North/Eastside Senior Coalition ofrece su serie de conciertos cada Lunes del mes, proporcionando mucha diversión. Este evento se lleva a cabo en el área de pic nic (shelter) del Warner Park, situado entre la calle Northport Dr. y la avenida Sherman, en el lado norte de Madison.

Usted puede disfrutar del bello  paisaje del parque, mientras saborea una rica salchicha, helado, palomitas o cualquier otro bocadillo que se vende en la estación que esta agencia instalada en esa área, para obtener fondos para los diferentes programas para la gente mayor de todas las comunidades de esta ciudad.

Este evento es gratis  y abierto al público en general. El horario de estos conciertos es de 6-7:30 p.m. Llueva o truene.

Conciertos Julio:

Lunes 12              Orquesta latina “Grupo Candela” (salsa, merengue y bachata)
Lunes 19              Beal Street Jazz Band
Lunes 26              Ultimo concierto con Copper Box

Nota: El 5 de Julio no habrá concierto.

Traiga a su familia y amigos!

Para mayor información llame al 243-5252 con Yolanda o Liz. Hablamos Español, para servirle mejor.

Artículo preparado por Yolanda Salazar,
Especialista Cultural de NESCO

It’s time to rock out with NESCO’s Summer Concert Series!

Liz Mensing

Liz Mensing

Today commences the first of our six part summer concert series.  We will be hosting six great bands through June and July.  We have great performances in store which include diverse styles of music from local bands around the area.  From Jazz to Country, from Rock to Merengue, you will surely find something you can groove to.  You can find all six concert dates  and specifics about which bands are playing on our website’s home page.  We will also being selling delicious dinner options, including brats, hot dogs, and ice cream sundaes.  The concerts are free to the public  so gather up your friend and family and come down to Warner park to enjoy fabulous music and support the North/Eastside Senior Coalition!  See you there!

Closing the Prescription Drug Coverage Gap- You Could Be Eligible For A $250 Rebate This Year to Help with your Medicare Drug Costs

Amy Elske

The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this year contains some important benefits for Medicare recipients.

If you have Medicare prescription drug coverage, and aren’t already getting Medicare Extra Help, Medicare will automatically send you a one-time $250 rebate check after you reach the coverage gap (also called the “donut hole”) in 2010. This rebate is the first step toward closing the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap.

What is the coverage gap and how will I know if I’ve reached it?
Most Medicare drug plans have a coverage gap. This means that after you and your plan have spent a certain amount of money for covered drugs, you have to pay all costs out-of-pocket for your drugs (up to a limit). The Explanation of Benefits notice, which your drug plan mails to you each month when you fill a prescription, will tell you how much you’ve spent on covered drugs and whether you’ve entered the coverage gap.

Will I need to do anything to get this rebate check?
No. There are no forms to fill out. Medicare will automatically send a check that’s made out to you. You don’t need to provide any personal information like your Medicare, Social Security, or bank account numbers to get the rebate check. Don’t give your personal information to anyone who calls you about the $250 rebate check. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to report anyone who does this. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

When will I get the rebate check?
If you reach the coverage gap this year and enter the Part D “donut hole”, you will receive a one-time $250 rebate check if you are not already receiving Medicare Extra Help. These checks will begin to get mailed to beneficiaries starting in mid-June. Checks will be mailed monthly throughout the year as beneficiaries enter the coverage gap. However, this is a one-time benefit and beneficiaries who qualify will only receive one check after they reach the coverage gap.

What if I don’t get the rebate check when I should?
Beneficiaries who hit the donut hole after the program has begun should expect to receive their check within 45 days. Your rebate may be delayed if Medicare doesn’t have information from your Medicare drug plan showing that you reached the coverage gap in time to include you in the next mailing. You should call your Medicare drug plan to make sure all of your information has been sent to Medicare. If you don’t get your rebate check, contact Medicare. Individuals receiving Medicare Extra Help will not receive a rebate check. You can also check to make sure Social Security has your correct home address. Call 1-800-772-1213 or your local Social Security office. TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778.

What’s Next ….Coming in 2011
If you reach the coverage gap in 2011, you may get a 50% discount on your brand name prescription drugs at the time you buy them. Stay tuned for more information from Medicare.

Help us spread the word about this important benefit and help stop scams against seniors. Remember- there are no forms to fill out to receive this benefit once you qualify for it. Medicare will automatically send a check that’s made out to you.

You don’t need to provide any personal information like your Medicare, Social Security, or bank account numbers to get the rebate check. Don’t give your personal information to anyone who calls you about the $250 rebate check. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to report anyone who does this. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
Go to stopmedicarefraud.gov to learn more about how Medicare is working with law enforcement to stop scams against seniors.

Have other questions about the $250 rebate check or the Affordable Care Act and Medicare?

Please refer to the brochure Medicare and the New Health Care Law–What it Means for You that Medicare has sent you. You can also visit http://www.medicare.gov, or call 1-800-MEDICARE.