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Construction Warning

Well, we finally got rid of the ice skating rink completely.  Noe they are ripping up the sidewalk in front of the senior center.  The only way to get in is the non-handicapped access door closest to the surface parking lot..

The construction workers are taking half of the parking spaces, and of course they are taking the spots closest to the senior center.  This mess is supposed to be finished by the end of March.  Of course those are construction days, which tend to multiply or are more than 24 hours long.   Watch this space for updates.

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Investment Discussion Group Meeting – February 20, 2018

Greetings,

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday February 20 2018, 1:30pm in the WCSC, lounge room.

Topics for discussion are always welcomed. Let me know if you have something of interest and you may present your idea or I will present it if you wish.

sounds mysterious, no just for fun. I was given a quiz on real estate by one of our members, we will discuss this. Also bonds are back in the positive spotlight these days, Yields are on the rise, good news or bad. lets talk, Another Issue do you invest with emotion or logic. lets find out. another item is the VIX, good news or just another scary idea.

Hope to see you all there, coffee and cookies, almost free, We ask for a one dollar drop in contribution, fully tax deductible to our charitable organization.  You must be a member of the WCSC, to obtain the free parking sticker for the literary garage. apply at the front desk of WCSC.

Best Regards,  Wayne Slater

Calendar for the Week of February 19, 2018

Day Time Event Location
Monday President’s Day – Senior Center Closed
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies Lobby
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Senior Peer Counseling appointment required
Tuesday 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Investment Discussion Group Lounge
Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:30 am Care Management appointment required
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies Lobby
Thursday 11:00 am – 1:15 pm Senior Legal Services appointment required

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

Medicare Prescription Drug Help

More than 2 million people on Medicare could be getting their prescription drugs nearly for free, but don‘t. That’s because they have not signed up for Extra Help, an important Medicare benefit that subsidizes drug costs for low-income senior citizens.

Extra Help can pay nearly all of the prescription drug costs a senior is billed in a Part D drug plan. It is provided automatically to seniors receiving Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income benefits. In some states, Extra Help also is automatic for people receiving benefits through the Medicare Savings Program, which helps subsidize Medicare Part A (hospitalization) and Part B (outpatient) premiums.

But among seniors who do not automatically qualify, less than half are enrolled in Extra Help, according to Jack Hoadley, a research professor at the Health Policy Institute of Georgetown University who tracks the program.

Two factors determine your eligibility for Extra Help: income and assets.

Your income cannot exceed the federal poverty level guidelines. For seniors with incomes of 135 percent of the federal poverty level or lower, Medicare pays the entire annual premium, expected to average $480 next year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Extra Help also covers deductibles, which typically run $310 for the year.

What’s more, Extra Help enrollees are exempt from the notorious donut hole – the coverage gap that next year will begin when combined spending by patients and insurers hit $2,850, and ends when spending reaches $4,550.

Enrollees are responsible only for a small co-pay for drugs that are covered under the plan – the cost is $2.55 for generic drugs, and $6.35 for brand-name medications.

Seniors with incomes ranging from 135 percent to 150 percent of the federal poverty level get a partial subsidy of premiums and deductibles on a sliding scale, and are responsible for somewhat higher co-pays.

Seniors who are not automatically qualified for Extra Help will need to apply through the Social Security Administration, which issues a certification letter to their plan provider.

Getting the letter can take up to four weeks, according to Frederic Riccardi, director of client services for the Medicare Rights Center. You will receive Extra Help drug benefits retroactively once your plan receives the information of your effective date.

Apply online (secure.ssa.gov/i1020/start ) or call 1-800-772-1213 to get the process started.

Extra Help beneficiaries shop for plans in the Part D marketplace just like higher-income seniors. To get the full subsidy, they must enroll in a plan that qualifies to participate in Extra Help by offering premiums that meet – or fall below – certain levels.

You can find these plans through the online Medicare Plan Finder, which lets you search for qualified plans by checking off a box stating that you are receiving Extra Help or are on Medicaid.

“You’ll see simple options for sorting through the qualified plans,” Riccardi says. “It’s really improved over the past few years.”

Getting the most out of Extra Help also requires careful checking to make sure your prescription drugs are covered under a plan’s formulary – the list of medications that are covered, and under what conditions and rules. But if you do run into problems with your plan provider, you are permitted to switch plans at any point in the year – most Part D enrollees can switch plans only during the annual fall enrollment period.

 Condensed from Reuters.com

 

February 2018 Friday Social

Lunch, Entertainment &  Birthday Celebration
Friday February 16, 2018
doors open 11:30 am, Lunch served at  12:00 noon.

Reservations will be honored until 12:30 pm and then offer to those on the waiting list

Meal Cost: $5 per person
Professionally catered meal from Sunrise Bistro

Entertainment: Gary Neumann – piano & vocals

 

Come dance, enjoy lunch and music in a fun, social environment.  Open to all!  It does not have to be your birthday for you to join in on the fun!

Advance meal reservation required.  Call (925) 943-5851 no later than this Wednesday before the lunch!

 

Calendar for the Week of February 11, 2018

Day Time Event Location
Monday 9:30 am Advisory Board Meeting Lounge
Monday 1:00 pm ScreenTime,  JAZZ Lounge
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies Lobby
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Petanque! (French Bocce Ball) Back Patio – rain cancels
Wednesday 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm HICAP Counseling appointment required
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies Lobby
Friday doors open 11:30 am
reservations honored until 12:30 pm
Friday Social & Birthday Celebration reservations required

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

The Family Justice Center

The Family Justice Center is a one-stop center for families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, and human trafficking.

They collaborate with 30 on-site public and nonprofit partners, to bring together under one roof to provide wrap-around services.

  • Advocacy
  • Peer Counseling
  • Emotional support
  • Law enforcement assistance
  • Safety planning
  • Court accompaniment and support
  • Civil legal services
  • Access to mental health services
  • Access to Victims of Crime program
  • Family law assistance

2151 Salvio Street, Ste. 201
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 521-6366

Languages spoken Spanish, Thai, Lao, Korean