HopeLine From Verizon Wireless To Sponsor Elder Abuse Workshops At Annual MA4 Conference

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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Verizon Wireless, through the HopeLine Foundation, will sponsor a series of workshops and training session dealing with various aspects of Elder Abuse at this year’s Summit on Aging and Health. The Summit will take place from August 26 – 28 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO.

Conference attendees can choose to participate in the Elder Abuse track that will feature five different workshops over three days all designed to help understand and prevent domestic abuse and financial exploitation of Missouri’s senior population.

Topics for the workshops include: protection of financial assets; signs of abuse and Missouri’s Elder Abuse Hotline; Missouri’s guardianship reform initiatives; senior bullying; and scams directed at the senior population.

MA4 Executive Director Catherine Edwards applauded Verizon Wireless’ focus on domestic violence and elder abuse problems in Missouri. “Elder abuse is a problem that often goes unreported and is invisible to many people in society,” said Edwards. “Verizon’s willingness sponsor these important workshops, and to help open the veil of secrecy surrounding elder abuse is an invaluable asset to Missouri’s seniors.”

The Verizon HopeLine project provides support for shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention in Missouri and throughout the United States.

MA4 Surveys Candidates In Primary State Senate Campaigns

Monday, August 4th, 2014


In an effort to determine where candidates stand on issues of importance to seniors, MA4 conducted a short survey of all candidates who have filed for a position in the Missouri State Senate and whose name will appear on the August 4 primary ballot. A total of 31 candidates from all parties were surveyed, whether they were running opposed or unopposed in the primary election.

A total of 17 Missouri State Senate seats are up for grabs this year. In those races, 8 incumbents are running unopposed, but 5 races are for seats in which no incumbent will appear on the ballot.

As of August 3, only 6 candidates had responded to the 8-question survey covering topics such as senior meals programs, health care, Medicaid, elder abuse and long term care.

For a compiled report on candidates’ answers to the survey, CLICK HERE.

For a copy of the original survey, CLICK HERE.

For a list of all candidates for State Senate appearing on the 2014 Primary ballot, CLICK HERE.

MA4 will repeat this candidate survey in September for the general election campaign, and plans to expand the survey to all candidates for State Representative who will appear on the November ballot.

MORx Enrollment Suspended Due To State Budget Constraints

Monday, July 7th, 2014


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:



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. 


“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.




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.




Still Time To Enroll For Health Insurance – Key Dates

Monday, January 13th, 2014

If you were not able to enroll in a new health insurance plan before the New Year – don’t worry – you still have time. The Open Enrollment period for plans offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace will continue until March 31, 2014. To buy insurance through the Marketplace outside of the enrollment period, you must have a qualifying life event such as marriage, divorce, the birth of a child or the loss of a job. The Obama Administration has also indicated that individuals who begin the enrollment process prior to March 31, 2014 will be given additional time to complete the enrollment process without penalty.


Here are the key dates you should be aware of:

March 31, 2014 – Open Enrollment ends

November 15, 2014 – New Open Enrollment period begins

February 15, 2015 – 2015 Open enrollment will end

Don’t wait – Sign up today.

Need Help? Click here for an interactive map of Health Insurance Marketplace services near you.


Use these links to learn more about:

2014 open enrollment

2015 open enrollment

Medicaid & CHIP enrollment

Enrollment for small businesses

Missouri Reports Increase In Enrollments In New Health Insurance Exchange

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

St. Louis Business Journal - More than 4,100 Missourians had picked a health insurance plan through healthcare.gov by the end of November. That’s more than five times the amount of individuals who picked a plan during the website’s first month of the operation, October.

Overall, across the U.S., 364,682 individuals have picked a health insurance plan through healthcare.gov, while more than 803,000 across the U.S. have been deemed eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage.

As a result, roughly 1.2 million Americans have gained access to health care because of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.


Need Help With The Health Insurance Exchange? Interactive Map Available For Local Services

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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New resources are available to help individuals who could benefit from health insurance coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace. If you need help on a localized level – we can help.

CLICK HERE  to view an interactive map of Missouri that can direct you to people who can help you every step of the way.

Or, CLICK HERE to find other options that may suit your specific situation.

Thank you for checking in. And let us know how we can help you better.