|ROXBURY SENIOR BUS
As many of you already know, the Town applied for and was awarded a grant to purchase a brand new 12 passenger/2 wheelchair bus to increase transportation options for Roxbury Senior/Disabled residents. We will be using the new bus for our wonderful and fun trips to various spots around the State. In addition, we will also be offering many more shopping opportunities for those of you who no longer drive or who would rather “Take the bus and leave the driving to us”. Beginning January 1, 2016 we have begun offering transportation to doctor and other non-emergency medical appointments. For now, the shopping schedule will be as follows:
- Tuesdays – Woodbury/Southbury (LaBonne’s, New Morning, K-Mart, Stop&Shop, etc.)
- Wednesdays – New Milford/Brookfield (Big Y, Walmart, DollarStore, ShopRite, etc.)
- 1st Monday – Danbury (Mall, Christmas Tree Shop, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Target, etc.)
- "Potluck Shopping" (Month to month surpise destination and day)
The Bus will leave from the Senior Center at 9:30am for all shopping trips. If you are unable to get to the Senior Center, we will pick you up. As we begin this new service, I will be acting as our “dispatcher”, so call me at 860-210-0201 if you want to hop on the bus any one or all of these days. Should you get my voice mail, please clearly state your name, address and phone number, and which day you want to go shopping.
OBSERVATION STATUS: On October 1, 2015 a new State law took effect requiring CT hospitals to tell all patients if they are being kept in the hospital for observation instead of being admitted, and to warn them about the financial consequences.~ Anyone who goes to the hospital can be placed on observation status, so that doctors can determine what’s wrong and decide whether the patient is sick enough to be admitted, or well enough to go home.~ Observation status patients may receive diagnostic tests, medications, some treatment and other outpatient services.~ And this can happen in the emergency room, OR in a regular hospital room in a regular hospital bed, making it very tricky to know whether you have been admitted or not.~ This is extremely important because observation
patients whose doctors order follow-up nursing home care will have to pay for the nursing home themselves!!!~ Medicare covers nursing homes ONLY after seniors are admitted to the hospital and stay through three (3) consecutive midnights. I urge you to be very aware of these differences, and to share this information with your loved ones.
MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAM
The Medicare Savings Program in a State program designed to help Medicare beneficiaries meet their needs. At a minimum, MSP will cover the cost of your Medicare B premium which this year is $109.00 a month…that’s $1308.00 for the year! There are different tiers to the program which can provide additional benefits. To qualify, a single person’s gross monthly income may not exceed $2,472.30, and a couple’s gross income may not exceed $3,328.38. Two good things about this program are that your assets are not taken into consideration in the determination process, AND there is no estate recovery by the State of Connecticut! Please call me @ 860-210-0201 if you’d like more information about this great program, or if you’d like to apply.
PRESS RELEASE FOR THE 17/18 ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Town of Roxbury Social Services Director/Municipal Agent Jerrilynn Tiso has began taking applications for this year’s Energy Assistance Program September 5th. There are several levels of assistance each with its own income guideline, so please do NOT assume eligibility. For example, the range for a family of four is from $24,600 to $66,089 (gross income). Liquid assets are counted for this Program, i.e. anything over $15,000 (homeowners) or $12,000 (renters) in liquid assets is added to income to determine eligibility. Call Jerrilynn @ 860-210-0201 for more information or to schedule an appointment to complete your application. First deliveries begin in November, so make sure your application is in and approved by then.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) helps individuals and families buy food. Anyone can apply for SNAP. The amount you receive depends in your income, expenses, and your family size. If found eligible, you are given an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which you use like a debit card at the grocery store, corner stores, and even some farmers’ markets. Your SNAP is put on your card once a month, and can carry over from month to month. Income limits range from $1,832 gross monthly income for a single person, to $3,747 gross monthly income for a family of four. Call Jerrilynn at 860-210-0201 for information or an appointment.
HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE
If you are under 65 and do NOT have health insurance, you can choose a health insurance plan that is offered in Connecticut through the Exchange. Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins November 1st and lasts until January 31st, however if you want your coverage to begin on January 1st, you will have to enroll by December 15th. Depending on your income, you may even be eligible for Medicaid or another government subsidy to help pay for your health insurance premiums. For the latest information on the CT Exchange, please visit www.accesshealthct.com, or call 860-757-5300.
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO HELP WITH PHONE SERVICE
Individuals or families receiving assistance from a State or Federal program --- for example SNAP (formerly food stamps, CT Energy Assistance Program, Medicaid, Aid to Families --- are eligible for the ATT Lifeline Program and Safelink Wireless. The ATT Lifeline Program will give you a $10.00 reduction on you ATT monthly landline service. 500 Free Minutes for the First 4 Months. 350 Minutes and Unlimited Texts thereafter Call Jerrilynn for more info on how to sign up.
Expertise.com has just created a comprehensive guide for people living with disabilities. The guide aims to help make the federal grants available to seniors, veterans, and disabled people much easier to understand and take advantage of, particularly for remodeling homes for accessibility. ~Guide to Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs: http://www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/home-remodeling-for-disability-and-special-nee.
REMEMBRANCES GRIEF & BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Group meets first and third Thursdays of the month from 6:30 - 8 p.m., New Milford VNA & Hospice, 68 Park Lane (Route 202) New Milford.
You don't have to go through the grieving process alone. Led by Bob O'Keefe, LVSW, a Professional Grief Counselor, this friendly and caring support group will help you through one of life's most difficult experiences. Open to all bereaved adults.
WHEELS PROGRAM OF GREATER NEW MILFORD
If you are a senior citizen or disabled individual living in Roxbury, you can use the Wheels Program of Greater New Milford for transportation to non-emergency medical appointments. To schedule a ride, please call 860-354-6012 at least 48 hours in advance.
More Notes from Jerrilyn...
GIFT CERTIFICATES NOW AVAILABLE! Call Jerrilyn for information and to purchase.