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Senior Medicare Patrol Newsletter - December 2013

Federal Trade Commission Issues Report – Iowans Rely on the “Do Not Call Registry”

            In a recent report issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Iowa ranked high in the percentage of residents who take advantage of the Do Not Call Registry.  Iowa was 12th in the nation with 78% of personal phone numbers registered! 

Senior Medicare Patrol Newsletter - November 2013

Medicare in 2014: What’s Covered & How Much Do I Pay?

            Our thoughts will turn to our personal budgets after the holidays, especially the question, “Will my bills be higher next year?”  When it comes to Medicare expenses --  traditional Medicare, Part D “drug plans,” and Medicare Advantage plans – the information we need is already in our hands.  Did you save these mailings from this past fall?

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).