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Fill the Plate Telethon to be held - sponsorship opportunities

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging is excited to announce the return of the Fill the Plate telethon to bring greater support and awareness for the Senior Nutrition Home Delivered and Congregate Meal Program.  The Fill the Plate telethon will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2013 on the KCRG network of television stations.  This effort was a great success in 2012, reaching over 75,000 viewers and generating over $140,000 to help provide nutritious meals to older adults throughout East Central Iowa.

Volunteers sought to become members of new State Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman Program

(Des Moines, IA) - Are you interested in advocating for residents of Iowa’s long-term care facilities? The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman is seeking volunteers in Benton, Black Hawk, Johnson, Linn, Muscatine, Scott, Washington and other surrounding counties to become members of its new Volunteer Ombudsman Program (VOP).

Medicare drug plan changes coming for 2014

Don’t miss the Medicare annual open enrollment period for Part D drug plans which begins October 15 and runs through December 7.   “With all the interest and activity around the new Health Insurance Marketplace this fall, we don’t want Iowans on Medicare to miss the Medicare annual open enrollment period,” says Kris Gross from the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). 

Consumer Advisory by Attorney General Tom Miller, October 2013

Social Media Safety & Security

There’s a lot to like about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and the many other social networking sites that allow you to post your pictures and videos, thoughts and information about you—and see what others post. But what you post or who you network with can also leave you vulnerable to long-term embarrassment, identity theft, criminals, and unwelcome strangers.

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Iowans Affected by Medicare Advantage Plan Non-Renewals

Over 9,200 Iowans will be receiving letters this week from the Medicare Advantage plan in which they are enrolled announcing that the plan will not be offered in 2014.  Each year Medicare Advantage plans decide whether to sign a contract with Medicare.  Some plans make business decisions to leave Medicare altogether or stop offering plans in certain areas.  Plans must notify members by October 2, 2013 if they will not be renewing their contract with Medicare.