Get Ready To Enroll In Marketplace Coverage


Thursday, October 9th, 2014

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Starting November 15th, you’ll be able to apply and enroll in 2015 Marketplace coverage. If you’re eligible, the Health Insurance Marketplace can help you find affordable health coverage. Most people who apply qualify for premium tax credits and other savings based on their income.

If you already have 2014 Marketplace coverage, you’ll be receiving important information about how to keep your coverage for 2015.

Here are some things you can do now to get ready for November 15th:

Learn about important dates and deadlines for Marketplace coverage

Download this Marketplace checklist to gather the documents you’ll need to apply

Find someone in your community to help you apply and answer your questions

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It’s Flu Season Again – Get The Flu Shot


Monday, October 6th, 2014

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Vaccines are safe and effective. Vaccine-preventable diseases are at an all time low thanks to more people being vaccinated, saving lives and millions of dollars in health care costs, but this doesn’t mean the diseases have disappeared. Many viruses and bacteria are still circulating. This is why it is important for everyone to receive all of the recommended immunizations on time.

Most vaccine-preventable diseases are caused by germs called viruses or bacteria. Vaccines to help prevent these diseases generally contain weakened or dead viruses or bacteria specific to the disease.

Vaccines help your body recognize and fight these germs and protect you each time you come in contact with someone who is sick with any of these diseases.

Missouri’s immunization program is working to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases by providing vaccines to children and adolescents who cannot pay for them through the Vaccines for Children Program; educating health care professionals, medical providers and the public on the importance of vaccinations; and ensuring that children who are in child care and school are adequately immunized against diseases that are harmful and sometimes deadly.

For more information on vaccines and availability visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at :http://www.health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/index.php 

Harrah’s North Kansas City Gives Van To Meals on Wheels Program


Monday, October 6th, 2014

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In a presentation on Sept. 30, Harrah’s North Kansas City and its parent company, Caesars Foundation, presented a van to Don Bosco Senior Center to be used by its Meals on Wheels program.

After hearing that two vans were stolen from the senior center last summer, General Manager of Harrah’s North Kansas City Tom Cook and the casino’s HERO (Harrah’s Employees Reaching Out) program decided to help. Working with Midwest Ford, Harrah’s and Caesars Foundation donated the van to Don Bosco, which will use it to deliver more than 270 hot meals each day to seniors. Harrah’s also presented a check to the senior center for $10,000 to help support the work they do with older adults in the community.

Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels, spoke about the “hidden epidemic” of senior hunger, citing that 9.3 million homebound seniors go hungry, including 200,000 in Missouri. Ms. Hollander went on to say that the State of Missouri meets the needs of 50 percent, or 100,000 seniors, making them one of the top states responding to food insecurity among older adults. Thom Reilly, board member at Caesars Foundation, said that the foundation has donated 53 vans to Meals on Wheels, and that the organization is committed to supporting the program and helping older adults.

In addition to serving seniors through the Meals on Wheels program, Don Bosco Senior Center serves more than 170 congregate meals to older adults every day at the center. Don Bosco is supported by the Mid-America Regional Council.

MA4 Awarded Navigator Grant For 2014- 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace


Monday, September 8th, 2014

Jefferson City, Mo. — Catherine Edwards, executive director of the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4), today announced the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4) has been named by the Department of Health and Human Services as an official Health Insurance Marketplace “Navigator” organization for the second straight year. MA4 will incorporate its network of Area Agencies on Aging and senior centers throughout the state to help people make informed decisions when choosing among health insurance coverage options offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“Last year, more than 150,000 Missourians chose health insurance options offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Edwards. “While most people accessed the Marketplace online at www.HealthCare.gov, many people selecting health insurance coverage for the first time benefitted from the in-person service our team of trained Navigators was able to provide.”

According to Edwards, individuals and small businesses will once again be able to shop for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace in a variety of ways including online, in-person, by phone and at events and locations established by partner organizations during the open enrollment period.

For individuals wishing to explore new insurance options in person MA4 has established eight regional information centers in all parts of the state. Additional events will also be hosted throughout the state during the open enrollment period. The Open Enrollment period for individuals interested in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage for 2015 will begin this year on November 15. Additionally, Missouri has been named as one of 5 states that will allow businesses with fewer than 50 full-time workers to access the Small Business Health Options Program in late October, ahead of the regular open enrollment start date.

“Full details regarding plan options, pricing and participation are not yet available,” said Edwards, ”but, our network is in place and will be prepared to help once details for the 2014 enrollment period are released.”

Under the Health Insurance Marketplace system, affordable health insurance policies will be offered by multiple private insurance providers with tiered cost options. Coverage cannot be denied due to pre-existing conditions and many preventive health care services are provided under terms of the policies offered in the Marketplace. The system is designed to help currently uninsured Missourians find affordable health insurance options for themselves and their families.

About The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4)

The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4) was founded in 1973 to serve as a statewide advocate and resource for older Missourians.  MA4 is comprised of the state’s 10 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), which were created under the 1973 amendments to the Older American’s Act of 1965.   For 40 years, these local agencies have been providing vital services, programs and information to millions of Missourians and their caregivers, including legal services, home-delivered meals, disease prevention and health promotion, transportation, public benefits counseling, senior center services and activities and in-home services. The 10 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) provide a coordinated network of care in implementing statewide initiatives, which are designed to help older Missourians maintain their independence and give them a voice in articulating their concerns and changing needs.

As the official statewide association of these agencies, MA4 is dedicated to carrying out its mission of service, information and advocacy to improve the lives of older Missourians and to plan for the changes that will take place as the aging population grows in number and importance in the next decade.

In 2013 MA4 was recognized as one of two Navigator organizations in Missouri charged with providing access to the newly formed Health Insurance Marketplace. Despite the organization’s focus on senior health and wellness, all services provided by MA4 under the Marketplace program will continue to be available to all Missourians, regardless of age.

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Missouri Veto Session Starts Wednesday


Monday, September 8th, 2014

Sikeston Standard Democrat - The Missouri General Assembly will have no shortage of issues to consider during its veto session that begins Wednesday.

The largely Republican Legislature and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon clashed repeatedly over bills approved in the 2014 legislative session. Sales tax cuts, agriculture and an extended abortion waiting period are among the key issues that divided the two. They are among the more than 30 bills vetoed by the governor over the summer.

Budget cuts by the governor also will be considered in the veto session. While the Legislature could override some of the vetoed funds, there’s no guarantee they would be released, since the governor can withhold funds.

Read the complete story in the Sikeston Standard Democrat by CLICKING HERE.

MORx Enrollment Suspended Due To State Budget Constraints


Monday, July 7th, 2014

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has announced that as of June 30, 2014 the MORx Program will be unable to approve new applications for enrollment due to state budget constraints. This suspension of approvals is expected to be temporary, but will remain in effect until further notice.

Applicants submitting applications after June 30, 2014 will receive a letter explaining the enrollment suspension and advising their application will remain on file and processed when the program enrollment suspension is lifted. If after 9 months MORx is unable to restart enrollment, the MORx enrollment form will be returned to the applicant and advised they will need to reapply by sending in a new application.

The budget restrictions will not affect members already enrolled in the program. Current members will continue to receive the same benefit of MORx paying 50% of the members out of pocket prescription drug copayment cost.

You may contact the MORx Program by e-mail or at 573-522-3064 should you have any questions about this notice.

United Health Releases America’s Health Rankings Senior Report


Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Each year, the United Health Foundation issues a national study providing a snapshot of the state of health in America. The Senior Report focuses on data that is pertinent to seniors. The report presents data for individual states as well as national information and covers 34 different measures of senior health. The information is drawn from 12 different government agencies and leading research agencies located throughout the United States.

For a summary preview of the data, please CLICK HERE.

For additional details, visit  www.americashealthrankings.org.

Latest Missouri Numbers On Marketplace Insurance Enrollment


Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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The most recent numbers relating to enrollment in the new Marketplace Health Insurance program have been released. Numbers indicate that more than 150,000 people enrolled in the new program, and 36% of those new enrollees were younger than age 34. More women than men took advantage of the new program – and most people who applied qualified for some sort of insurance subsidy when purchasing the insurance plan.

For a more complete breakdown on the numbers, CLICK HERE.

Sponsor and Exibitor Information For Summit on Aging and Health 2014


Monday, February 17th, 2014

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Each year, the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging brings together some of the best people in America to explore strategies to help Missouri’s senior population. This year, our presenters and participants will convene at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO from August 26th to August 28th during the ShowMe Summit on Aging and Health 2014.

It is the only forum on aging in the state reaching key decision-makers in both the non-profit and business sectors, including home health care, chronic disease management, information and assistance services, consumer counseling, financial planning, as well as seniors themselves.

Topics will include elder abuse and exploitation, mobility, health literacy, disease management, cultural diversity, health care reform, electronic health records, and mental health initiatives for seniors (dealing with depression, etc.).

We encourage your participation in this hallmark event. Sponsors and Exhibitors are encouraged to make reservations early to insure a spot at this premiere senior event. For additional information regarding how your company or group can be a part of this important event, please refer to the following links:

SPONSOR INFORMATION – CLICK HERE

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION – CLICK HERE

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - Call for Presentations for the 2014 Show Me Summit on Aging and Health is now open. Submissions are due by February 28, 2014. 

CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS.

“AGE OF CHAMPIONS” FILM WILL KICK OFF 2014 SUMMIT - Age of Champions is the award-winning documentary following five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100 year-old tennis champion, 86 year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age. The film premiered at AFI Docs Film Festival and will reach more than 3 million viewers on PBS.

2014 SUMMIT THEME – “IT’S ALL ABOUT AGING”

 

 

Why The Extension Of MO Rx Is Important


Monday, February 17th, 2014

The MO Rx plan covers 50% of the out of pocket costs for low-income, Medicare Part D eligible Missourians.

It covers only those participants with incomes below $21,660 for a single person or $29,140 for a married couple.

By supplementing the cost to lower income seniors and people with disabilities, the program helps to ensure that people can stay in their communities where they have access to their churches, families and support system, which helps reduce costs to Missouri’s social, health and senior services.

MO Rx also helps seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes, where they want to be, for as long as possible.

MO Rx is one of the tools the State of Missouri uses to lower costs and provide the most appropriate services in the most appropriate setting.  It has the benefit of improving quality of life while providing a cost savings to the state.  MO Rx is a true win-win.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE.