Tuesday, November 26, 2013

This Year's Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7, 2013

Just want to share a reminder that this year's Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7, 2013. If you are 65 or older or on Social Security disability this is the program you use to get insurance in place or to change Medicare insurance programs. 

Do not be confused by the Affordable Care Act and its insurance programs because it does not provide services for those who or 65 and older and are eligible for Medicare.

Also if you currently have some type of Medicare insurance and a prescription program you are happy with then you do not have to change.

If you need information about Medicare programs in your state contact your state's State Health Insurance Assistance Program also known as SHIP.

What is SHIP?
SHIP is a free health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. The mission of SHIP is to educate, advocate, counsel and empower seniors to make informed healthcare benefit decisions. SHIP is an independent program funded by Federal agencies and is not affiliated with the insurance industry. 

Link to this page to find your State's SHIP office - note that some states call their 'SHIP' program by a slightly different name:
Find your State’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) - Click Here

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Interesting Event Coming Up in Colorado in December - Colorado Gives Day 2013

We just want to suggest that you "Save the Date" for Colorado Gives Day happening on December 10, 2013. The event starts at 12:00AM on 12-10-13 and it is a time for people in Colorado to give to their favorite Colorado charity. Last year's event raised almost $16 million dollars ($15.7 million counting additional contributions from FirstBank Incentive Fund). We will share more information as the date gets closer - so, Save the date! December 10, 2013.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Found an interesting website - American Profile and their eNewsletter is Nice too!

We want to share a new website that appeals to many ages - check out www.AmericanProfile.com. Does the name sound familiar? 

This is the website of the magazine that appears weekly in many of the larger print newspapers around the U.S. We signed up for their eNewsletter to check them out and we were pleasantly surprised at the content. The website has a variety of articles from general interest to cooking to places to visit to trivia and more. This week's magazine and eNewsletter has a feature on Pat Summitt, the University of Tennessee's Lady Volunteers Basketball Coach and how she is dealing with early onset Alzheimer's. Link to article - Click Here. Note that it appears that you have to receive the eNewsletter to see the featured articles on the website. Check them out - www.AmericanProfile.com.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Save the Date! Healthy Living Expo is coming to Castle Rock, Colorado February 2014

We know this is early but there is nothing wrong with planning ahead whether you want to attend or exhibit ... and this is where the Internet is so great for these type of connections. Not sure where we found this however The Healthy Living Expo is coming to Castle Rock, Colorado in February 2014. 

The website says that this will be Colorado’s largest expo focused on enjoying Colorado! The expo is promoted as featuring living, working and playing in Colorado. We noticed quite a few senior service providers already listed as sponsors - seniors need to enjoy life too. Visit their website and save the date:

We noticed that one of the corporate sponsors is Bonaventure of Castle Rock - check out their website and if you are in the Denver area and have not been to Castle Rock recently - check them out. They are growing and Bonaventure is a very nice addition to the area:
Bonaventure of Castle Rock- Click Here

By the way the exact date of The Health Living Expo is February 8, 2014 which is a Saturday. The times are currently listed as 8:00AM - 3:00PM.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Reminder about Medicare Open Enrollment Dates

Remember that October 15, 2013 through December 7, 2013 is Medicare 2014 Open Enrollment. This is a chance for those with Medicare to make a change to their Medicare health and prescription drug coverage for 2014. New for 2014 are some preventive care services such as a free annual wellness visit. If you need guidance in which program to choose contact your state’s SHIP program. SHIP which stands for "State Health Insurance Assistance Program" and is a free health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. Some states call this counseling program by something other than 'SHIP', however the names are usually quite similar. SHIP is an independent program funded by Federal agencies and is not affiliated with the insurance industry. Seniors Resource Guide has developed a resource to help seniors, family members and caregivers find their State's SHIP office - we call it, "Find your State’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)" - Learn More.

The November 2013 Prepared Senior eNewsletter is Posted Online

Just sharing that our November 2013 "The Prepared Senior eNews" went out yesterday to those that had signed up and is now archived online. If you are not signed up to receive this eNews, we archive it on the Senior Resource Guide National News & Events page - here is a link to the page - Click Here

Note that the eNewsletter highlights the information on the National Senior News & Events web page. Of particular note check out the video series - one is on Medicare Basics and the other is on the Affordable Care Act.