Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Joni Schaff

SHIP health benefits counselors are here to help

Senior Center News
Your local SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselor is at the Hardin Senior Center, Patricia Fischer, can be reached at (406) 665-9768. She is available each weekday from 2-4 p.m. The address is 317 N. Custer in the Little Big Horn Center Complex.
 
The Montana SHIP is a free health-benefits counseling and advocacy service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers.
 
The Montana SHIP is an independent, objective and confidential assistance program funded by the Administration on Community Living and is not affiliated with the insurance industry. This program is based and operated through our Area Agencies on Aging. You may also contact a SHIP Counselor at 1-800-551-3191, no matter where you live in the state of Montana.
 
When you contact the SHIP office, the counselor can meet with you and educate you regarding Medicare eligibility, enrollment and benefits, Medicare Part D Prescription plan comparisons, related types of health insurance benefits, Medigap (Supplemental) insurance, Medicare health plans, Medicare fraud, waste and abuse, and Long Term Care options and information.
 
SHIP counselors are specialists trained in Medicare eligibility, benefits and options, health insurance counseling and related products. SHIP counselors are not connected with any insurance company, nor are they licensed to sell insurance. A SHIP counselor will not make decisions for you; rather, their purpose is to assist you objectively and confidentially, and to empower you to make your own wise health care decisions.
 
For those who are homebound, a SHIP counselor will meet in your home if you cannot get out or don’t have transportation.
 
The service is free.
 
Please make an appointment with any questions regarding health care benefits at the Hardin office.
 
A donation was received this week from Edge Construction Supply of Spokane, Wash. in memory of Bea Bullis for the Council on Aging Meals on Wheels Program.
 
Prize decorators of the Hardin Senior Center are Etta, Elaine, AnnaBelle, Cliff, Margaret, and Pat. The Thanksgiving theme is beautiful throughout.
 
The Arbogasts prepared new pictures for the Photo Gallery. The Pack The Place in Pink event on Oct. 18 made for pretty pictures. Each October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we appreciate our patrons’ participation.
 
The Grandma’s Trunk guessing game is quite fun. Now in its second week, the five clues provided several correct guesses of a wedding dress. This week’s winner of the first correct answer drawn is Ruth Barnes. Kris and Richard Clausen are sponsoring the game through November. Stop in each day and take a guess. A new clue is given daily, with the winner at the end of the week receiving a free meal provided by the Clausens.
 
There is no purchase necessary and it is open to everyone.
 
The Senior Center’s Birthday/Thanksgiving Dinner is on Wednesday, Nov. 15. You must make reservations by Monday, Nov. 13. Call us at (406) 665-2581.
 
Hardin Senior Center menu:
Thursday, Nov. 9 – sweet and sour chicken, rice, vegetables, dessert
Friday, Nov. 10 – closed for Veterans Day
Monday, Nov. 13 – cheeseburger, fries, vegetable tray, salad, dessert
Tuesday, Nov. 14 – pork and cabbage soup, sandwich, dessert
Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Thanksgiving birthday dinner
Thursday, Nov. 16 – pancakes, sausage links, fruit
 
Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:
Friday, Nov. 10 – closed for Veterans Day
Monday, Nov. 13 – spaghetti, tossed salad, garlic bread, cookie bar
Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Thanksgiving Dinner
 
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