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Jan. 23, 2013

When one door closes, another opens

open and closed doorsThe termination last July of Illinois Care Rx, the State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program, had the potential to leave thousands of seniors unable to afford their medications. Thanks to a quick and concerted effort between NCOA, the City of Chicago, and AgeOptions, those affected received counseling on benefits and plans to help them pay for prescriptions.
See what they did | Read about two people helped

How will Medicare reform affect vulnerable seniors?

A new report from Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that Medicare spending per beneficiary is at an historic low. At the same time, recent deficit reduction proposals from Congress aim to reform Medicare by shifting more costs onto beneficiaries, the majority of whom have low to modest incomes.
Read the HHS report | Explore beneficiary characteristics | Share your thoughts

Online resources for benefits programs

Asian couple at laptopWhich states provide online applications and services for key low-income benefits programs? The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has updated their resource compendium with state-by-state information and links.
Find information for your state

Gaining momentum with National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging

The Administration on Aging-Meals on Wheels Association of America (AoA-MOWAA) National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging is announcing the launch of Momentum: Advancing Into Future Readiness, a new series of events and discussions around the evolving role of senior nutrition services. The series launches Feb. 12 with a webinar on the role of quality nutrition programs in the communities they serve.
Explore the Resource Center site Register for the first Momentum webinar


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Curious about the Health Insurance Exchanges?

Medical paperworkThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have begun to release outreach materials to help prepare the public for the opening of the Health Insurance Exchanges. We are following how the Exchanges will work, especially since they open on Oct. 1, which coincides with Medicare Open Enrollment. Stay tuned for resources for clients who may need to rely on the Exchanges as they await Medicare eligibility.
Download the Exchanges toolkit from CMS


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