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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. 

Heritage holds Caregiver Education sessions

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging will hold Caregiver Educations sessions at least twice each month.  Classes are free and open to the public.  Locations and topics will vary, but classes will be held the second Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. and the fourth Friday at Noon.  Please call Lejla Ford at (319) 398-5559 or 1-866-432-4324 for more information.

Medicare and the Marketplace – September 2013

How will the Health Insurance Marketplace that starts in 2014 affect Medicare and supplemental health insurance coverage?  “The Marketplace is designed to help people who don’t have any health insurance,” says Kris Gross from the state of Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).  Iowans on Medicare have health insurance through Medicare. The Marketplace won’t have any effect on their Medicare coverage.

Senior Medicare Patrol - August 2013 Newsletter

National Council on Aging (NCOA) Advises How to Recognize Today’s Scams

            The NCOA works with organizations, businesses and government to help seniors sustain quality lives through healthy living, activity and independence.  They recently prepared “22 Tips for Avoiding Scams & Swindles.”   (Yes, there’s a LOT of tips because there are so many scams and swindles out there!)  At the top of their list is health insurance and Medicare frauds and scams – take a look at these tips.

Heritage holds Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Event

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging’s Advisory Council held its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Event at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center on the Kirkwood Community College campus in Cedar Rapids on May 24, 2012. This event provides updates from the agency and honors members of the community that are nominated for awards by their peers.

Outstanding Senior Volunteer award winners by county include: