This is the time of year that all people with Medicare can make changes to their health and prescription drug plans with new coverage to begin January, 2017.
Medicare Advantage Disenrollment – January 1, 2017 through February 14, 2017: if you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you can leave your plan and switch to Original Medicare. If you switch to Original Medicare during this time, you will have until February 14, 2017 to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (regardless of whether you had previous coverage).
“Special Enrollment Periods” (SEP): You can make changes to your Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug coverage when certain events happen in your life. These changes are called “Special Enrollment Periods”.
2017 Medicare Insurance Plan Information Packets will be mailed out the first week of October. The packets include: 2017 Medicare Advantage Plan information, NYS Medigap/Supplement Plan information, 2017 Medicare Part D Plan information, tip sheets, income eligibility for EPIC, Social Security extra help and the Medicare Savings Program. For health insurance information and counseling & assistance, contact Lynn Hill, OSR HIICAP Coordinator at 845-808-1700 ext. 47115 to have a packet mailed to you or to schedule an appointment. Or for more information, call 1-800-MEDICARE. hiicap-2017 – flyer
HEAP Opens November 14, 2017
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will open on November 14th. You may be eligible for a HEAP benefit if your income meets monthly income guidelines. You may contact Marlene Hanley, HEAP Coordinator, at 845-808-1700 ext. 47121 for more information or to make an appointment. Beginning November 14th, new clients may pick up an application at the Office for Senior Resources Carmel location at 110 Old Route 6, Building #1 or go on-line at http://www.myBenefits.ny.gov