SULLIVAN NYCONNECTS offers education about new Medicare wellness and prevention benefits and the availability of Medicare Savings Programs and Low Income Subsidies   

(Monticello, NY - 2:30 PM) – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau announced that “The Affordable Care Act made many improvements to Medicare wellness and preventive services that became effective January 1, 2011.   Medicare pays for many wellness and preventive services such as exams, shots, lab tests, and screening.  In addition to the one-time “Welcome to Medicare” exam, there is now a yearly wellness exam that is covered 100% by Medicare.  Many co-payments and deductibles have been eliminated so that preventive services like Pap tests, pelvic exams, mammograms, and bone mass measurements are now covered 100% by Medicare.

The Medicare Savings Programs help people pay for the Medicare medical (Part B) premium. When a person is approved for the Medicare Savings Program, the Medicare Part B premium is no longer deducted from his/her Social Security check and the person receives approximately one hundred dollars more each month.  Eligibility for the Medicare Savings Programs is based on income.

The Low Income Subsidy, also called “Extra Help,” helps pay most of the Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plan costs.  Eligibility for the Low Income Subsidy is based on income and resources.

For complete information about eligibility and to receive “Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Services,” please contact Martha Scoppa, Point of Entry Coordinator, SULLIVAN NYCONNECTS, Office for the Aging, 100 North Street, P.O. Box 5012, Monticello, New York 12701 or (845) 807-0257”.

For more information, please contact Martha Scoppa at 845-807-0257

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