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Medicare open enrollment offers opportunity for changes

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Senior Living

Published on October 01, 2019 with No Comments

Beginning this month, your mind should be on Medicare. The annual Open Enrollment Period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is your opportunity to review your Medicare plans.

It is important to take the time every year to review your health and drug plans to see if changes need to be made based upon your current situation.

Our local SHIP office is right here in our building at 1005 Campbell St. in Valparaiso. State Health Insurance Assistance Program volunteers offer free and impartial counseling on the available Medicare plans as well as guidance on the money savings programs that are available.

Even if you are happy with your current plan, it is vital to review your current health and budget needs to determine if there is possibly a better fit.

Trained SHIP volunteers are available to meet with anyone needing help. To make an appointment or for more information, call 219-464-1028 or e-mail SHIP@portercountyacs.org.

Food Assistance

Our team continues to build a strong base for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana’s Commodity Supplemental Food Programs.

The PCACS offices are a distribution site for this program that is federally funded and assists seniors ages 60 and over with additional food items. Program participants receive a box of food that includes grains, vegetables, fruit, high-protein items, juice, shelf-stable milk and a block of cheese.

The boxes are dropped off at our offices and available for pickup from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. Our volunteers, Dorothea Price and Nancy Thiel, contact seniors as a reminder when the boxes are available. We ask participants to pick up their boxes by 3 p.m. the second Friday of the month at the latest.

Those needing food assistance can apply for the program by stopping in the PCACS offices, calling 219-464-9736 or downloading an application at www.portercountyacs.org/food-bank-distribution-site.

New Metered Bill Program

PCACS now has funds available to assist with metered utility bills.

We are participating in the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board (FEMA) program to help community members with electric, gas, water or sewage bills.

To receive assistance, applicants must have a disconnect notice and have seen their Trustee and First Contact.

To inquire about eligibility for this program, contact our offices at 219-464-9736.

 

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About Bruce Lindner

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

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