AARP Applauds Plan to Expand Family Care

AARP Applauds Plan to Expand Family Care

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Wisconsin today applauds Governor Scott Walker’s announcement that Family Care will be expanded into seven northeastern Wisconsin counties that have previously indicated they are ready to take on the long-term care program as soon as possible. “By any measure, this is a win-win for taxpayers and citizens of northeast Wisconsin,” said Helen Marks Dicks, state issues advocacy director for AARP WI. “Family Care is all about giving seniors independence and choices about the services and supports available to meet …

Wisconsinites on Medicare Saved Big on Drugs

Posted on 04/3/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The numbers are in, and they are impressive – Wisconsin residents on Medicare saved $174.3 million on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the “donut hole” for prescriptions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – or an average discount per beneficiary of $890.  Nationally, 7.9 million people who are on Medicare have saved over $9.927 billion on prescription drugs under the ACA and its provision closing the “donut hole” – the gap in Medicare Part D …

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz If you’re like me, one of the more uncomfortable parts about seeing a doctor is putting on the paper gown. Does the opening go in the front or the back? Can I get it on before the door opens? Why is the office always so cold? Sometimes I feel just as exposed when I don’t understand certain terms in the pages of paperwork my insurance provider sends me after a routine appointment. For many people, the language …

Open Enrollment Deadline is Here

Open Enrollment Deadline is Here

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The deadline for open enrollment in the new health insurance marketplace is TODAY, March 31st.   However, the deadline has been extended for those consumers who were “in line” but who haven’t been able to complete enrollment.  The U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services said, “Just like Election Day, if you are in line when the polls close, you get to vote.  We won’t close the door on those who tried to get covered and were unable to do so …

Marketplace Open Enrollment Deadline 3-31

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Just a reminder that open enrollment for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace ends on Monday, March 31.  If you don’t have health coverage, you can sign up through the end of this month and avoid a penalty. Plus, financial help paying for premiums and co-pays may be available to you.  Check out AARP’s web tool to learn more about the health care law and where you can go for help. After March 31 you can get new private …

Donations Help Ease Home Heating Burdens

Donations Help Ease Home Heating Burdens

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing With temperatures dipping below zero for weeks at a time, could this Wisconsin winter have been any worse? The answer, unfortunately, is “yes” – especially for thousands of older Wisconsinites who not only suffered through horrendously cold weather, but were pummeled with rising home heating costs during one of the coldest winters on record. No one can change the weather. But we can offer a little help to those on limited or fixed incomes who struggled to make ends meet …