November/December 2018 Program Guide
The new November/December 2018 Program Guide is now available. To view the newest guide, please click here.
Registration for members begins on Tuesday, October 9. Non-members may register beginning, Tuesday, October 16.
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Open Enrollment Begins October 15
Are you considering enrolling in or changing your Medicare Part D plan? The Annual Coordinated Election Period (AEP) for Medicare Part D is October 15 – December 7. During this period beneficiaries who are not enrolled in Medicare prescription drug coverage can enroll. Also, current enrollees in the program can switch plans. If you currently have prescription drug coverage, you should review your coverage during this period. You might want to enroll in a Medicare drug plan that better meets your needs. For more information, or assistance with reviewing your current plan, please contact the Senior Center at 847-588-8420.
Medicare Medicaid Alignment Initiative
The Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) is one of Illinois’ managed care programs. The program is for seniors and persons with disabilities who have full Medicaid and Medicare benefits. It operates in the Greater Chicago and Central Illinois Regions.
MMAI allows eligible beneficiaries in Illinois to receive their Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid benefits from a single Medicare-Medicaid Plan. Plans must provide all necessary Medicare and Medicaid covered services, including Medicaid waiver services.
For more information, please contact the Senior Center.
New Registration Policy
Register Early: A lot of planning goes into creating quality programs for our
members and guests. If you are interested in a program, please sign up early to ensure that your class is not cancelled. Registration may be made by cash, check, Visa, Mastercard or Discover. Credit card payments can also be made online. Registration by phone can only be made when an account credit is available to cover the entire cost.
Effective May 1, 2018, all program fees must be paid in full at time of registration. We are no longer able to hold a seat without payment. Individuals on a waitlist will be called if there is an opening and given 48 hours to provide payment. Waitlist payments must be made in person. If payment is not received, the next individual on the list will be contacted.
Fight Fraud: Guard Your Medicare Card
If you have Medicare, you can protect your identity and help prevent health care fraud by guarding your Medicare card like you would a credit card.
Identity theft from stolen Medicare Numbers is becoming more common. Medicare’s here to help by removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards and replacing them with a new, unique number for each person with Medicare. Medicare will mail new Medicare cards with the new numbers between April 2018 and April 2019.
Here are some important steps you can take to protect yourself from the identity theft that can lead to health care fraud:
• Don’t share your Medicare Number with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Medicare will NEVER contact you (unless you ask us to) for your
Medicare number or other personal information.
• Don’t ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare Number.
• Review your Medicare Summary Notice to be sure you and Medicare are only being charged for actual items and services received.
If you’re looking to enroll in a Medicare plan:
• Remember there are no “early bird discounts” or “limited time offers.”
• Don’t let anyone rush you to enroll by claiming you need to “act now for the best deal.”
• Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds “too good to be true.”
If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare Number or other personal information, hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). To learn more about protecting yourself from identity theft and health care fraud, visit www.Medicare.gov/fraud or contact your local Senior Medicare Patrol (www.smpresource.org).
This message is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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If you have an account and an email address on file at the Niles Senior Center you may now register online for programs and events. Simply click on the "Online Registration" link to the left side of the page for further instructions and to register for events. If you do not have an account or email address on file at the NSC, please call us for assistance.
Are you considering enrolling in or changing your Medicare Part D plan? The Annual Coordinated Election Period (AEP) for Medicare Part D is October 15 – December 7. Read on...
Once again, the Village of Niles has partnered with the local US Marine Corps Reserve with collecting toys for children in need. Read on...
The Niles Family Services Food pantry provides Niles residents with a monthly and emergency food pantry. Read on...
Mon Nov. 19Succulent Terranium - Community Event Relax and enjoy building a succulent terrarium garden over two glasses of wine, refreshments, and light appetizers. Please bring a terrarium container to give your garden a unique touch. We will provide the materials to build the garden, decorative accent pieces, and three plants. We will teach you how to construct a thriving succulent garden and offer tips on how to care for them. It's up to you to arrange the plants, stone, pebbles, moss, and accent pieces. If your terrarium requires more...
Wed Nov. 21Beauty & the Beast Community Event - Drury Lane Oakbrook Pre-registration is required (Anticipate minimal walking) - Location - Oakbrook Based on the beloved Academy Award-winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony-nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast. Lunch will include cream of asparagus soup, ei...
Sun Dec. 2Maine East Winter Concert & Optional Lunch at Andrews Open Pit Maine East Winter Concert & Optional Lunch at Andrews Open Pit No admission fee for the Winter Concert Event and optional lunch at Andrew’s Open Pit is on your own. The NSC is taking registrations to make reservations at the restaurant and an area for NSC seating at the winter concert. The duration of the performance is estimated at two hours and it is a concert of holiday music performed by the Maine East Orchestra, Choir and Band students. Sunday, Dec 2 • Optional lunch before at And...