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Hunterdon County Department of Human Services
DIVISION OF SENIOR, DISABILITIES AND VETERANS SERVICES
An ADRC (Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection)

Laine Nauman, Division Head
4 Gauntt Place - Building #1
PO Box 2900
Flemington, New Jersey 08822-2900

Phone: 908-788-1361 Toll Free: 877-222-3737 Fax: 908-806-4537
Email: aging@co.hunterdon.nj.us
HOT TOPICS OF INTEREST

!! Scam Alert !! Volunteers Needed
Home Energy Assistance S.H.I.P. Program
Weatherization Assistance Senior Eyecare Program
Medicare News Flash Three (3) Important Numbers to Know if You Lose Your Wallet
Greater Raritan Workforce Investment Board . File of Life Program
Free Income Tax Help Available for Seniors and Low Income Residents    

 

 

!! SCAM ALERT !!

Private medicare drug and health plan representatives are prohibited from going to an individual's home without an invitation. if this happens to you, do not feel pressured to sign up for a new plan without first doing research (or, do not allow them into your home!). The drug plan representative cannot force you to sign anything, even if you have invited the man into your home to give you information about their particular plan.

If a drug plan representative does come to your home uninvited, be sure to report this fraudulent activity by calling the medicare Rights Center hotline at 800-333-4114, or write to our Part D Monitoring Project by going to www.medicarerights.org/partdstories.html.

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HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE

Financial aid is available for winter heating expenses for households with a total monthly income of no more than $1430 for one person and $1925 for a couple.  Call NORWESCAP at 1-888-454-4778.

Applications will be available at the Division of Senior Services the last week in October. Please call to make an appointment if help is needed to fill out the application.

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FREE INCOME TAX HELP AVAILABLE FOR SENIORS AND LOW INCOME RESIDENTS

Volunteers trained to prepare Federal and State income tax returns will be available until April 15, 2012. The service is free. The volunteers are part of the VITA Program which is sponsored and supported by the Federal and State Governments. The Hunterdon County Division of Senior Services has been sponsoring the program since 1973.

Appointments can be made by calling 800-272-4630. Starting February 14th thru April 15th.


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WEATHERIZATION

NORWESCAP Weatherization Program offers a free home energy audit and energy-saving home improvements, including insulation, caulking, weather-stripping, storm windows and doors and furnace replacement when necessary, etc.

Homeowners and renters who have an annual household income of not more than $16,282 for one person, and $21,864 for two persons are eligible. Call NORWESCAP at 1-888-454-4778.

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!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED !!

Would you like to provide accurate and objective counseling on Medicare, Health insurance plans or information to people whom soon will be eligible for Medicare?

If so, become a (S.H.I.P.) Senior Health Insurance Program counselor and attend a training session that will provide all the information necessary. This is a needed service for Hunterdon County residents who are confused about health insurance, prescription options and Medicare.

The S.H.I.P. program is held every Wednesday morning from 9:30 – 12:00. If you are interested and would like to learn more about this program, please call the Hunterdon County Division of Senior Services at 908-788-1361.

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!! MEDICARE NEWS FLASH !!

As of July 2004, Center for Medicare Services (CMS) will migrate all current Medicare beneficiary contractors’ toll free telephone numbers over to the standard 1-800-MEDICARE number. The Medicare Modernization Act requires CMS to publish a single toll free number for all Medicare questions. Beneficiaries will call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for all general and claim-specific questions instead of calling the contractors (fiscal intermediaries and carriers will not be referred to as contractors), directly for help. Claim-specific questions received at 1-800-MEDICARE will be routed to the appropriate Medicare contractor’s call center for response.

This migration will require all Medicare contractors to replace their toll-free number, which is currently displayed on the Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) in the customer information box, with the 1-800-MEDICARE number. Contractors will also need to substitute their telephone numbers with 1-800 MEDICARE on all correspondence with beneficiaries. Appropriate outreach activities will be required by the contractors to inform the beneficiaries and providers of this change. For now, all telephone calls made to Healthnow (the durable medical equipment carrier for Medicare) are being routed to 1-800-MEDICARE.

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S.H.I.P. PROGRAM

If You are a Medicare Beneficiary and...

If so, than you need to speak to a qualified trained counselor who is with the S.H.I.P. Program. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Aging and Community Services, with major funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services? Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The SHIP provides FREE, objective, and confidential help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about Medicare, Medigap, Medicare + choice Plans.

Experienced counselors do not provide legal advice, sell, recommend or endorse any specific insurance product, agent or insurance company. Counselors provide information and assistance so the YOU can make your own decisions.

If you need assistance in any of these areas, please call the Hunterdon County Division of Senior Services at 908-788-1361 and make an appointment to speak with a counselor.

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SENIOR EYECARE PROGRAM

WHAT: The Seniors Eyecare Program ensures that every senior has access to medical eye care and promotes annual, dilated eye exams. It raises awareness about age-related eye disease, including cataracts. provides free eye care educational materials and facilitates access to eye care at no out-of-pocket expense.

WHO: The Seniors Eye care Program is designed for people who:

* Are U.S. citizens or legal residents
* Are age 65 and older
* Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years
* Do not have eye care insurance through an HMO or the Veterans Administration

People eligible for a referral through the program receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of treatment at no out of pocket expenses for any condition diagnosed during the initial exam. Volunteer ophthalmologists accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full; patients without insurance receive care at no cost.

HOW:People may call the toll-free number 800-222-3937 anytime, for themselves and/or family member and friends, to request free eye care educational materials and determine if they qualify for care from one of EyeCare America's more than 7,800 volunteer ophthalmologists nationwide.

EXCLUDED: Eyeglasses, prescription drugs, hospital services, fees of other medical professionals.

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3 IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS TO KNOW IF YOU LOSE YOUR WALLET

If your wallet or pocket-book are stolen or lost, the first thing you want to do is NOT cancel your credit cards. That of course is extremely important, however it comes second on the list of things to do.

The first thing you should do is call the three (3) national credit reporting organizations and the Social Security Administration (Fraud Line) to place a fraud alert. You want to prevent anyone from establishing any new accounts, or altering your present credit, using your identity. The numbers are:

National Credit Reporting Organizations Social Security Administration
Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 Fraud Line: 1-800-680-7289
Experience: 1-888-397-3742    
Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289    

And of course, if your purse or wallet were stolen, you need to notify the local police in the area where it happened to file a report (call 9-1-1).

Some of the things you can do to make this process easier are:

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GREATER RARITAN WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD

The Greater Raritan Workforce Investment Board (GRWIB) is committed to enhancing the regional economy through an innovative and responsive workforce delivery system. Focused on the needs of business and employment opportunities the region, the GRWIB invests in programs and services designed to enhance the skill and marketability of job seekers to meet those needs. 

Visit the Greater Raritan Workforce investment Board online at: www.grwib.com

 

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