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Program Updates January 2017

 

 

 

Program Updates

LEADING NEWS

On December 22, 2016 the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) announced its intent to award the following insurers for the Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Program: Anthem, Aetna, Humana, Magellan Complete Care of Virginia, Optima Health, United Healthcare, and Virginia Premier Health Plan. Access to these insurers opens opportunities for all services delivered by Area Agencies on Aging throughout Virginia through VAAACares.

Senior Employment—The Title V Senior Employment program is searching for new participants in the counties of Essex, Gloucester and Richmond. Although staff is using new recruiting sites and methods to fill these vacancies, any potential leads from Board Directors and fellow staff will be appreciated. With the quarter end-ing December 31, 2016, the program has added another Host Site, the Laurel Shelter, and has successfully moved a current participant from one site to another site for additional training. Examples of host locations include Boys and Girls Clubs, libraries, other non-profits and school systems. Please contact Kay Sheldon for further information or to provide her with potential leads: 804.758.2386 x1228 or ksheldon@bayaging.org.

Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program—Staff and volunteers recently completed another hectic Medicare Annual Enrollment Period of October—December. In this 2016 period there were 760 client contacts and 26 presentations conducted in the service region. Staff and volunteers also assisted approximately 300 people in Medicare drug plan and Medicare Advantage Plan searches, helping them save about $350,000!

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