East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging

Mission Statement

"We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Older Americans and their families by providing information about and access to a variety of services in their community in the 16 counties of East Central Illinois"


East Central Illinois
Area Agency on Aging, Inc.


1003 Maple Hill Road
Bloomington, IL 61705-9327
Telephone Numbers:

309-829-2065
Seniors may call toll free:
1-800-888-4456
Fax: 309-829-6021

Email: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

 

alt

   alt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 <script type='text/javascript' src='http://aoa.gov/AoAroot/Site_Utilities/widget/Healthy_Tip/interface.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://aoa.gov/AoAroot/Site_Utilities/widget/Healthy_Tip/json_Healthy_Tip.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://aoa.gov/AoAroot/Site_Utilities/widget/Healthy_Tip/interface.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://aoa.gov/AoAroot/Site_Utilities/widget/Healthy_Tip/json_Healthy_Tip.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://aoa.gov/AoAroot/Site_Utilities/widget/Healthy_Tip/interface.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://aoa.gov/AoAroot/Site_Utilities/widget/Healthy_Tip/json_Healthy_Tip.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://aoa.gov/AoAroot/Site_Utilities/widget/Healthy_Tip/interface.js'></script> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://aoa.gov/AoAroot/Site_Utilities/widget/Healthy_Tip/json_Healthy_Tip.js'></script> alt



   alt 

 

 

 

  Number of visitors

to site since July 2012

      web counter
        web counter

 

                Report: Long-Term Care in America: Expectations and Reality

Research Highlights from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

Introduction 
In 2013, the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research undertook a major study of public attitudes related to long-term care in the United States. The report found that few Americans age 40 or older are prepared for long-term care—care that they expect to need in the future—and even fewer understand the financial costs involved. The survey revealed that Americans 40 or older are counting on their families to provide assistance for them as they age, and that a majority support a variety of policy options for financing long-term care.

The aim of this second study is to understand better who is providing and receiving care, how caregiving impacts family relationships and personal experience, how Americans 40 or older receive information on long-term care, and which policy measures they think would improve long-term care.

The survey tracked many questions from the 2013 study, and found that most indicators remained relatively stable, including Americans’ understanding of the long-term care system, personal experiences with long-term care, opinions about their own and loved ones’ future care needs, and the extent to which they are planning for their own or their family members’ long-term care. This survey does reveal changes in support for a couple of key long-term care financing policies.

To see the results of the survey and more information, please refer to this link.

 

 

****************************************************************************************************************************

May 19, 2014

Dear Marci,
I have a Medicare prescription drug plan, but I need additional help paying for my drugs. My friend told me to check if I’m eligible for Extra Help. What is Extra Help?
- Elizabeth (Killington, VT)

 

Dear Elizabeth,

Extra Help
is a federal assistance program that helps people with limited finances pay for their Medicare prescription drug costs. Extra Help is administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA), and you must meet federal income and asset requirements to qualify for Extra Help. Specifically, if you are single and your income is equal to or less than $1,459 in 2014 ($1,966 for couples in 2014), you will likely qualify for Extra Help. Note that you will generally need to meet asset requirements to qualify for Extra Help, as well.
 
In addition to meeting financial requirements, you need to also have a Medicare Part D plan, also known as a Medicare prescription drug plan, to qualify for Extra Help. Remember, you can get Medicare Part D coverage in two different ways. You can get Medicare Part D coverage through either a stand-alone Part D plan that works with Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan, also known as a Medicare private health plan that provides you with prescription drug coverage.
 
If you don’t qualify for Extra Help, know that there are other ways you may be able to save on prescription drug costs. You may want to see if your state offers a State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program that can help pay for your drug costs. Bear in mind, however, that eligibility requirements and program benefits may vary, depending on the program. Contact your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to see if there is a State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program available in your state. You can locate the number for your local SHIP by going online and visiting www.shiptalk.org.

You may also want to search for Patient Assistance Programs, which are drug manufacturer programs that offer discounts on certain drugs. To do this, go online and visit www.needymeds.org or www.rxassist.org. Keep in mind that eligibility requirements and program benefits may vary, depending on the program.

To apply for Extra Help, you can contact the Social Security Administration Hotline at 800-772-1213 or visit your local Social Security office. You can also apply for Extra Help by going online and visiting https://secure.ssa.gov/i1020/start. Click here to read more about Extra Help and to learn about whether you may qualify for Extra Help. Click here to learn about other programs and ways that can help lower your prescription drug costs. 
-Marci

*****************************************************************************************************************************

 

Click here for Consumer Resources

 
*****************************************************************************************

 

Making Sense of Medicare Resources

Click on the links to find helpful information:

 

Making Sense of Medicare 

Medicare Care Finder 

Reading Your Medicare Summary Notice