Senior Monongalians is fortunate to have Deb Layman, MSW, our Social Services Coordinator and SHIP Counselor assist seniors and their families. Deb works with clients to understand & enroll in Medicare Part D, finding answers to Social Security questions, directing clients to utility assistance programs, senior housing options, and much more.
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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.
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.
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 statesThe 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 Police.)
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.