A generic equivalent for the brand name medication Lunesta was approved for sale in the United States on April 15, 2014. If your current Part D plan covers Lunesta, it will more than likely cover the generic equivalent Eszopiclone in the near future. This could effect your coverage and could dramatically reduce your copayments. Please watch your mail for news from your Part D Supplier. If you have any questions about this medication or about your Medicare Part D, please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and assistance.
AGED 55 OR OLDER
Aplications are now being accepted for enrollment in
Senior Community Service Employment Program
Receptionist, custodian, Store Clerk, Food Service, Library Aid, & Clerical
Opportunities apply to residents of Dodrige, Harrison, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor Counties. Income guidelines apply.
If you are at least 55 years of age, unemployed, and have limited income
Senior Community Service Employment Program
Preston County Senior Center
P.O. Box 10
Kingwood, WV 26537
SCSEP is a US Department of Labor equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary, aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is alerting residents to a
disturbing scam that’s been making its way around to inboxes across the country
Scammers are sending fraudulent “funeral notice” e-mails to
citizens with the hopes that the recipient will be curious or grief-stricken
enough to blindly click on an embedded link in the hopes of getting information
about their friend or relative’s “celebration of life” service. But instead of
providing information on memorial services, the link enables the computer to be
hijacked with malicious software.
“Scammers always seem to be looking for
new ways to steal, but this really could be a new low,” Attorney General
Morrisey said. “Tricking people with fake death notices is really just
Messages sent, which appear convincing, often contain the
names, addresses and logos of local funeral homes, so the recipient of the email
feels comfortable clicking through without much thought. However, once the
reader clicks on the link, the computer becomes infected with malicious software
that can steal personal and financial information and send it to other computers
or send spam emails out on your behalf without your knowledge.
of these messages appear in your inbox, don’t click through, click delete. If
you want to verify information about a person’s death, you can call the funeral
home directly to verify the information.
As a general reminder, it’s
always a good idea to make sure your computer’s firewall and virus protection
are up to date and always active; that you have a good pop-up advertisement
blocker installed; and, that you don’t click on links in emails from people you
If you have received one of these unsolicited email
messages, please call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at
800-368-8808 to report it.
CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today urged West Virginians to be
cautious if they receive a phone call from someone who says the citizen is being
fined for not responding to a jury duty notice.
“This is a particularly
egregious scam in that it plays on people’s confusion and nervousness about
serving as a juror,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “It truly targets people
who want to participate in the American justice system if asked.”
scam, a person calls under the guise of being a representative of a local
sheriff’s department. The caller tells the citizen that he or she was summoned
for jury duty and is now being fined for not showing up on the assigned date.
The caller tells the person that if he or she does not immediately pay the fine,
it will either increase or a warrant will be issued for his or her arrest.
The caller then asks the citizen to surrender their bank routing number
or credit card information so the fine may be paid. The caller also may suggest
that the citizen purchase a money order or pre-paid debit card and send it to a
“This type of scam preys on West Virginians who are
trying to avoid getting into trouble,” Morrisey said. “Scammers are trying to
use high pressure, scare tactics to pad their wallet and unfortunately empty
yours. Honest West Virginians have received these calls, and some of them
thought they were doing the right thing by paying the scammers.”
county sheriff offices and circuit clerk offices have indicated that this is a
“Citizens should always be concerned if they receive a call out of
the blue saying they need to surrender financial information or pay a set amount
to avoid legal trouble,” Morrisey said. “Always be wary if a caller asks you to
wire money or use a pre-paid debit card to pay a surprise bill or fine.
Remember, using a money order, wiring money or using a pre-paid card is the same
as sending cash. Once the money is sent, it is very hard to track who received
Morrisey said citizens who receive a call like this should call
their local circuit clerk’s office and sheriff’s department to verify that they
haven’t missed a jury summons. If the call turns out to be false, citizens
should file a report with local law enforcement and the Attorney General’s
Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808.
CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is alerting residents to a scam
that appears to be circulating throughout the state and region in which a person
receives an unsolicited telephone call offering free diabetes testing or other
The Attorney General’s Office recently received a
report of an elderly woman who was called by a person claiming to work for a
“diabetic pharmacy.” The caller told the woman she was eligible to receive free
diabetes supplies, including new testers. The woman provided the caller with her
address and Social Security number, but the supplies were never delivered. When
the woman attempted to reach the company at the number provided, no one answered
or called her back. The woman cannot find any other means to contact the
“Scams like this one, which seem to prey on older folks,
are terrible,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Many of our senior citizens are
on fixed incomes and are looking for help to offset out-of-pocket costs they may
have. It’s sad there are people who would exploit a person’s desire to save
money by scamming them, as well as the government, out of thousands of
While the scam can vary slightly, the end goal is the same. The
callers are looking for a person’s Medicare numbers, which often is the same as
the person's Social Security number. Once the scammers have that number, along
with other identifying details such as the person's name and address, they may
be able to steal the victim’s identity or, in other cases, order health care
services or supplies in the victim’s name.
“It’s important to read over
your Medicare statements very carefully,” Morrisey said. “Check for things like
being billed for items you didn’t order or receive, or being billed multiple
times for certain items.”
Consumers can take a few easy steps to protect
themselves and their identities, including:
• Read every statement or
letter that comes from your doctor or health insurance provider, even ones that
say “this is not a bill.” It may be a way to spot charges for treatments you
didn’t receive or products you didn’t order.
• Avoid e-mail or online offers
of free testing supplies, which may not be legitimate. Instead, work with your
doctor and reputable groups such as the American Diabetes Association to secure
low-cost or free supplies.
• If you notice questionable charges on a letter
or bill, contact your insurer right away.
• Instead of carrying your health
insurance card in your wallet, make a photo copy of it and carry the copy
instead. Black out all but the last four digits of your ID number on the copy.
Keep your official card in a safe and secure location.
• If you discover
your card is missing, notify your provider right away.
If you believe you
have been the victim of identity theft, call the Attorney General’s Consumer
Protection Division at 800-368-8808, or file a complaint online at
www.wvago.gov. If you believe you have been the victim of Medicare fraud, call
the West Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol at 800-799-4638.
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is now able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods, and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. This is another step HHS is taking in response to the June 26, 2013 Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor, which held section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Because of this ruling, Medicare is no longer prevented by DOMA from recognizing same-sex marriages for determining entitlement to, or eligibility, for Medicare.Read more about today's announcement.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warns senior citizens to be aware
of a new scam happening in West Virginia in West Virginia in which a caller
impersonates a Social Security Administration employee and tells citizens that
their benefits need to be adjusted.
The scammer calls and tells the person that a payment error has been made and
is in the process of being fixed, but that they need a bank routing number to
fix the problem.
"These scammers are unfortunately targeting the elderly and making false
promises to them in order to get access to their financial information,"
Attorney General Morrisey said. "Citizens should try to remain alert and do
their homework before giving out any personal information over the phone."
Morrisey urges citizens to be wary of calls like this, and do not surrender
personal information. If you receive a call like this, call your local Social
Security Administration office or 800-772-1213 to
independently check whether your benefits have changed.
Consumers are also urged to report the call to the Attorney Generals'
Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808
or online at www.wvago.gov.
You can generally buy health insurance only during the annual open
enrollment period. Upcoming dates to know:
· November 15, 2014: Proposed date for 2015 open
enrollment to start
January 15, 2015: Proposed date for 2015 open
enrollment to end
To buy insurance outside open enrollment, you must qualify for a special enrollment period due to a qualifying life event, such as marriage,
divorce, birth or adoption of a child, or loss of a job.
find assistance, you may contact the Bureau of Senior Services to locate an In
Person Assister in your county, or call the National Call Center for assistance
Silver Alert is a program you hope you never
need, but if you do, here’s what it is and how it works. The Silver Alert Program allows law
enforcement to issue alerts for adults with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive
disorders. Silver Alert is similar to
what most states
already have for children called Amber Alert. It is a system
that uses the broadcast media to notify the general public and law enforcement
when an adult with cognitive impairment (memory, thinking and reasoning
problems) is missing. The Alert will
include a description of the person, anything you know about the circumstances
of the person’s disappearance, and other information that the State Police may think
is important and appropriate. If a loved
one with cognitive impairment wanders and becomes lost, call the State Police
or local law enforcement to submit a missing person's report and ask them to
activate Silver Alert. (If the missing
person’s report is filed with local law enforcement, ask them to forward the
information to the State Police. Silver Alert must be activated by the State
In addition to the broadcast media, the State Police will also notify
the Department of Transportation, Division of Highways and West Virginia
Turnpike Commission. If possible,
through the use of their electronic signs, they can let motorists know that a
Silver Alert is in progress. They can
provide information relating to the missing person and let motorists know how
they may report any information they have to the State Police or other
appropriate law enforcement agency.
For more information
about Silver Alert or other tracking systems that help locate individuals with
cognitive impairment, contact the Bureau of Senior Services, 1-877-987-3646.
Dementia is not a specific
disease. It's a generic term that describes a wide range of symptoms – memory loss, confusion, behavior changes,
personality changes – severe enough to affect everyday
disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular
dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most
common dementia type. There are many other conditions that can cause symptoms
of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and
vitamin deficiencies. Dementia is often
incorrectly referred to as "senility" or "senile dementia,"
which reflects the incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal
part of aging. It is not.
While symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, at least two of the
following mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered
- Communication and language
- Ability to focus and pay attention
- Reasoning and judgment
- Visual perception
People with dementia may have problems with
short-term memory – keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning
and preparing meals, remembering appointments or traveling out of the
Many dementias start out slowly and gradually get
worse. If you or a loved one is having memory difficulties or other changes in
thinking skills, don't ignore them. Call your doctor; get an evaluation
soon. The doctor may find a treatable
condition. Even if symptoms suggest dementia, early diagnosis allows a person
to get the maximum benefit from available treatments. It also provides time to plan for the future.
If you have questions about dementia or Alzheimer’s
disease, you can call the WV Bureau of Senior Services, 1-877-987-3646, or the
Alzheimer’s Association, 1-800-372-3900.