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May 20, 2021

 Department of Aging: June 23 Medicare Event Welcomes Future Beneficiaries with Information on Eligibility, Coverage Options

Harrisburg, PA The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today announced that older adults who will soon be turning 65 and are not yet enrolled in Medicare can attend a free virtual event to learn about their healthcare coverage options when enrolling for Medicare.

The “Welcome to Medicare” event on June 23, open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will feature national presentations from the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs on Medicare eligibility, enrollment and coverage options. Representatives will be available to answer questions and assist older adults with information to enable them to make choices on Medicare coverage that best meets their needs and lowers their costs.

In Pennsylvania, this program is known as APPRISE. Throughout the national presentation, staff from APPRISE will host an exhibit for Pennsylvania and will respond to Medicare questions and provide information about the program. The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) – Pennsylvania’s Senior Medicare Patrol – also will join APPRISE to discuss Medicare fraud prevention.

“We encourage anyone who is turning 65 soon to join our Virtual Welcome to Medicare Fair. Pennsylvania’s Medicare Counseling Program is here to help older adults learn about signing up and navigating the complexities of Medicare, avoiding late enrollment penalties, and preventing fraud,” said Susan Neff, APPRISE director. “We also invite those who attend to visit the Pennsylvania-specific virtual exhibit at any time during the event. The APPRISE and CARIE staff look forward to chatting with seniors about their Medicare enrollment concerns.”

Older adults can register for this event here.

The APPRISE Program has nearly 800 trained counselors in the commonwealth who provide free, confidential, objective, and easy-to-understand information about original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans, and Medicare Supplement plans, and allows Medicare beneficiaries to compare plans and determine what best meets their needs and save them money.

To learn more about the APPRISE Program or becoming a volunteer, click here or call the APPRISE Helpline at 1-800-783-7067.





Area Agency on Aging Awarded $260,000 to Support Senior Volunteer Service

Funding will support 40 AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion volunteers

(May 21, 2021)

Pennsylvania, Towanda – B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. announced today that it has received an AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion grant of $260,000 from the AmeriCorps federal agency to support 40 Senior Companion volunteers serving in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties. The grant will expand the Area Agency on Aging’s AmeriCorps Seniors presence in the four counties, where the Area Agency on Aging has been providing service opportunities for older Americans as a Foster Grandparent Program project since 2000.

With this new funding, the Area Agency on Aging will leverage the skills and experience of seniors in the four county area to reduce senior isolation. These AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers will serve as companions to clients by sharing coffee, playing games and conversing.

The Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion Program are federally funded by AmeriCorps Seniors. The Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion Program are sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga counties.

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; the United Way of Bradford County; the Lycoming County United Way serving Wellsboro and southern Tioga County; the United Way of Susquehanna County and the Tioga Downs Regional Community Foundation.  To learn more about the Area Agency on Aging AmeriCorps Senior Programs please call 1-800-982-4346.