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May 15, 2013

8 facts about older adults and SNAP

seniors grocery shoppingOlder adults’ participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or Food Stamps) is staggeringly low. And the average monthly benefit for a senior receiving SNAP is not $16 a month. Those are just a few of the statistics and myths we address in our latest SNAPshots fact sheet.
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Medicare to implement mail order program for diabetes supplies

Beginning this July, Medicare will implement a National Mail Order Program for diabetic testing supplies. This program is designed for your clients to continue to receive quality supplies while saving money. On May 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began sending letters to Medicare beneficiaries who purchase diabetic supplies to inform them about this program.
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Help your clients get pension counseling

Couple receiving financial adviceThe U.S. Administration on Aging Pension Counseling and Information Program offers free legal assistance is available to individuals experiencing a problem with their pension, profit sharing, or retirement savings plans. The Program, one of several projects of the Pension Rights Center, currently serves 30 states.
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What’s the cost of an actual meal for seniors?

Does your organization provide meals for older adults? Do you know what the actual costs are relative to providing those meals? The National Resource Center for Nutrition and Aging is hosting a series of webinars in May that explores ways to modernize senior nutrition programs, and the factors that impact the costs of providing those services.
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Get tips to help your Part D clients

hands with pills“Help! I’ve reached the Part D coverage gap and can’t afford my prescriptions.” Or, “I was approved for Extra Help, but I’m still getting charged more at the pharmacy.” These are common scenarios in which your clients may need help outside of the annual enrollment period. Check out our two-page guide for answers to these concerns and other tips to help your clients make the most of their Part D benefit throughout the year.
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