The Area Agency on Aging provides services to individuals 60 years of age or older and operates under the auspices of the Brazos Valley Council of Governments. Funding is provided through the authority of the Older Americans Act of 1965, state and local funds, and participant contributions. There are a variety of services available to you at no charge.
The Brazos Valley Aging and Disability Resource Center assists seniors and people with disabilities of all ages to connect to resources in our community and access public benefits.
Did you know?
Medicare Open Enrollment period is October 15 to December 7, 2014. This is the one time a year when any Medicare beneficiary can change his or her Medicare prescription drug plan or advantage plan. Changes made become effective starting January 1, 2015.
This is very important, but a simple way to assure that you will get the most and pay the least for your drug or health plan. The Area Agency on Aging can compare plans for the 2015 year.
Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs
Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage. Some people with limited resources and income also may be able to get Extra Help to pay for the costs — monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments — related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. Many people qualify for these big savings and don’t even know it.
Medicare Savings Programs
Medicare Savings Program (MSP) is a Medicaid program that helps people with limited income and resources pay Medicare premiums, and could also help with paying for Part A&B deductibles and coinsurance fees. For more information please call the Area Agency on Aging.
Need Health Coverage?
Certified Navigators are available to assist in applying for healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare Marketplace, if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the period of time during which individuals who are eligible to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan can enroll in a plan in the Marketplace. For coverage starting in 2015, the Open Enrollment Period is November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015.
For more information contact the Area Agency on Aging of the Brazos Valley or the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 979.595.2800 to speak with a Certified Benefits Counselor or a Certified Marketplace Navigator.