Medicare Open Enrollment is the period of time from October 15th to December 7th when eligible Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their health and prescription drug coverage plans without penalty. If you or someone you know is eligible for benefits and has questions about their Medicare options for 2017, you can call our office to schedule a free, confidential appointment with a qualified State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor. (more…)
As I write this, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management has posted coastal flood watches and warnings due to the impact of Hurricane Joaquin on our area. All up and down the Jersey Shore, residences and businesses are busy boarding up windows, lying sandbags and restocking emergency supplies in the event of possible flooding and power outages. Television news stations have set up live trucks in flood-prone towns and everyone is monitoring the forecast on their mobile devices. It’s an all too familiar scene. With memories of Superstorm Sandy still fresh in our minds, we know the potential damage a hurricane can wreak on our homes, our livelihoods and our communities. Even as we hope for the best, we prepare for the worst. (more…)
“We simply want to put to rest the misinformation, the confusion that has been raised.”
Whether you are researching Medicaid for yourself or a loved one, the process can be overwhelming. There are the emotions surrounding the decision making process. There is the physical work of collecting what seems like a mile-long list of required documents, (‘Five years of bank statements! We threw everything away when Mom moved two years ago!’) And there is the false information surrounding the application process which can be the most disheartening.
Dispelling these “Medicaid Myths” is the greatest way to help seniors and their families arrive at the best long term care plan. Here are a few of the most common myths about Medicaid. (more…)
The all-important fall Medicare Open Enrollment period begins on October 15th, but you don’t have to wait until then to receive answers to your Medicare questions. Family & Children’s Service offers free, impartial and confidential counseling to Monmouth County residents all year long.