Monday, November 20, 2017


"Letters Alert Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries to Missed Benefits"
The Department of Aging and Long Term Care Can Help Older Adults Enroll

ELMIRA- Medicare beneficiaries are receiving a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) if they may be eligible for help with their out-of-pocket medical and drug expenses. The Chemung County Department of Aging encourages beneficiaries who receive these letters to take action to learn more about the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) and Extra Help.

The letters are sent annually to people with Medicare with limited incomes who could be eligible for—but are not enrolled in—an MSP, which helps with Medicare out-of-pocket costs, or Extra Help, which helps with the costs of prescription drugs.

According to Kim Sills, Coordinator of the Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program at the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care: “These letters are not a scam. They are an important notification that Medicare beneficiaries should review and consider. We can help determine if they’re eligible, apply, enroll, and even understand how to use their new benefits once they’ve been approved.”

Any Chemung County residents who receive a letter—or who believe they or a loved one may be able to get help from these programs—should contact The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care at 607-737-5520 for assistance.  Residents of other counties can contact the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 for the phone number of their Area Agency on Aging.

In addition, Medicare beneficiaries can go online to see if they are eligible for MSPs, Extra Help and other benefits that can supplement their monthly budget. The National Council on Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp® is a free, confidential screening tool that can connect older and adults and younger adults with disabilities to these programs. Learn more at

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