It’s picking season—pumpkins, apples, Halloween candy… and a Medicare health or drug plan. Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15–December 7!
Picking a plan is an important and personal decision. Each person has a unique set of priorities. When you sit down to review your Medicare health and drug plan choices this year, keep track of the things you may want in a plan, and pick one that’s right for you.
Here are some things to keep in mind while you consider your choices:
Does the plan cover the services you need?
Future health care needs can be hard to predict, but changes happen. Make sure you understand what services and benefits you’re.... Read More
I remember the day I graduated from college like it was yesterday. My family flew in from our small town in South Texas to watch me become the first person in our family to graduate from college. The look on my mother’s face as I walked across the stage on that sunny DC day will be with me forever…or at least I hope it will. Memory is more fragile than we think, particularly for Latinos.
While not widely known, Latinos are 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to get Alzheimer’s, a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and is ultimately fatal. According to researchers, Alzheimer’s disease contributes to the deaths of approximately 500,000.... Read More
NAPCA Receives $150,000 federal grant that will help AAPI Medicare Beneficiaries
The Administration for Community Living recently awarded the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) $150,000 to provide technical assistance to Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) grantees to help them better reach and serve limited English proficient (LEP) Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Medicare beneficiaries.
Need for In-Language Resources LEP among AAPI older adults makes them a particularly hard-to-reach population for SMP and SHIP grantees. AAPI older adults are a particularly vulnerable group with higher poverty rates and lower educational attainment among several ethnic groups, as compared to the general older adult population.
A large number of Asian Americans moved to the U.S. as older adults to live with their.... Read More
Commemorating My Time at the DEC and Marking This Summer’s Milestones
It’s quite hard to believe that my time here at the Diverse Elders Coalition is almost over. Today is my last day, and as I wrap up a couple of final tasks here and there, I can’t help but reflect on and feel so fortunate and grateful for the past ten weeks. Collaborating with DEC staff and member organizations has been truly inspiring and empowering.
It’s fortuitous that I was able to work in D.C. during this particular summer. It’s been a special season, especially for those “fighting the good fight” and advocating for social justice because this summer marks multiple milestones and victories that support our diverse communities. In the past two weeks, we commemorated the 25th anniversary.... Read More
50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid: Facts, Figures, and Faces
When I was younger, I didn’t often think about Medicare or Medicaid. Before the “Young Invincibles” were told we were young and invincible, Generation Xers like me were more often than not just people running around who may or may not have had health care. I was fortunate enough to spend my 20s in relatively good health and with means enough to have the health coverage I needed. As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid this week, I find myself thinking about these programs not only as a professional imperative to the work I do on aging policy, but as someone in his 40s with aging parents and an increasing awareness.... Read More
Social Security is important to the financial security of our diverse elder communities. This blog post comes to us from Kirk Larson, the Public Affairs Specialist for Social Security Western Washington. We hope it will be helpful and informative to our readers!
Question: What is the maximum Social Security retirement benefit?
Answer: The maximum benefit depends on the age you retire. For example, if you retire at full retirement age in 2015, your maximum monthly benefit would be $2,663. However, if you retire at age 62 in 2015, your maximum monthly benefit would be only $2,025. If you retire at age 70 in 2015, your maximum.... Read More
The following is a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For more information on how health reform and the ACA have impacted our diverse elder communities, click here.
CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period for Tax Season
Eligible consumers have from March 15 through April 30 to enroll in coverage
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes in states which.... Read More
DEC and HHS Host “Affordable Care Act and Diverse Elders” Event
by Ben de Guzman, Diverse Elders Coalition National Managing Coordinator
On Tuesday, November 25, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC), in partnership with the U.S. Department on Health and Human Services (HHS), hosted a briefing on the Affordable Care Act and diverse elders. As the new National Managing Coordinator for the DEC, I was excited to open the event by welcoming the audience and introducing Michael Adams, Executive Director of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), a DEC member. Michael provided a wealth of data on health care challenges faced by diverse communities, including Latinos, American Indians/ Alaska Natives (AI/ AN), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), African Americans, the LGBT community, as well as people living with HIV/AIDS..... Read More
Medicare and Medicaid at 49: Keeping the Generations-Old Promise Alive
While the concept of national health insurance was developed in the early 20th century, President Harry S. Truman elevated the issue during his Administration:
“Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. And the time has now arrived for action to help them attain that opportunity and to help them get that protection.”
Twenty years later, his vision was brought to life under President Lyndon B. Johnson with the Social Security Amendments of 1965, which provided millions of older Americans and low-income families with access to healthcare through the Medicare and Medicaid programs. At.... Read More
Medicare & the Windsor Decision: Where do we stand?
Last year’s Windsor decision has triggered a series of ongoing changes that impact many of us on a day-to-day basis. For LGBT older adults, Medicare is one of the most critical Federal programs undergoing change. So where do Medicare recipients currently stand? Our Q&A with Casey Schwarz of the Medicare Rights Center answers some important questions.