Bond County Senior Center
Bond County Senior Center
305 S. Third
* To plan, coordinate, and assess functions which foster the development of a comprehensive and coordinated service delivery system for older persons age 60+ residing in Bond County.
* To help secure and maintain independence and dignity in a home environment for older persons capable of self-care with the appropriate supportive services aimed at the prevention of unnecessary institutionalization.
* To provide supportive services to older, disabled, and disadvantaged individuals as appropriate.
* To remove individual and social barriers to economic and personal independence for older persons, including opportunities for employment, when available, and volunteer activities in Bond County.
* To make existing social services more accessible to older persons in need through development and support of services which can increase the ability of older persons to obtain these social services.
* To help develop and support social services needed by older persons but which are not otherwise available.
* To serve as an agency aiding in senior citizens advocacy.
Friendly visiting, telephone reassurance, outreach, and other activities are provided by the Center. In addition, representatives of other agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, Bond/Madison County Office of Employment and Training, and the Veterans' Administration, have office hours at the Center. Call for dates and times 664-1465.
MEDICARE PART D ASSISTANCE
Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) is a voluntary program created by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). The drug benefit is provided by private companies and offers coverage of outpatient precription drugs through a standard benefit plan that is set by law. some plans might offer more coverage and/or additional drugs. It is available to Medicare recipients regardless of income, health status or prescription drug usage. Before enrolling in a Medicare prscription drug plan, bring in a list of your drugs, along with your Medicare card, to the Senior Center. Your drugs will be entered into the computer to determine which plan offers the best coverage. The premium, cost of each drug, and co-pay will be on the computer print-out.
You can pay your premium diretly, have the premium deducted from your Social Security check, or have it deducted from your bank account.
Help is available for people with lower incomes and few savings or other assets. Depending on your level of need, your premium may be reduced or eliminated, your deductible may be reduced or eliminated, your co-insurance and co-pay amounts may be reduced and your coverage gap may be eliminated. In order to determine if you qualify for this help, you must submit Form SS-108-20B-OCR-SM, Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (also called the Low-Income subsidy or Extra Help Application).
Open enrollment is November 15 through December 31 each year. You will be able to change plans once a year.
A SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) volunteer is available to assist with determining eligibility and enrollment in the Medicare Part D plan.