NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

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ADVOCACY:
 3 digit Crisis Hotline for Suicide Prevention


Would you be interested in becoming a NAMI Orange board member?
If so, contact Dhanu at 845-294-2749
or email namiorangeny@warwick.net
to learn about the application process



Upcoming Events/Outreaches



See details
of upcoming NAMI
meetings and courses by clicking links below:




UPCOMING COURSES:

NAMI BASICS
Starting Wed Oct. 9, 6:30-9 p.m.
for six  Wednesdays through Nov. 20
(no class Nov 13)
Call Dhanu now to pre-register
Click link for details.


Family
to
Family

in Newburgh on Saturdays for 6 weeks, starting
Sat., Jan. 4,
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
(O'Connor Hall)
145 Benkard Ave.,
Newburgh, NY 12550

Pre-register now
Call Dhanu
845-294-2749, or
office 845-956-6264

 




On-going  Meetings:

NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a
mental illness.
No fee, no registeration
PLEASE NOTE: these Orange County meetings are on a temporary hold. We will post here when the weekly meetings will resume.

Check out NAMI Connection in Sullivan County


Mon., Oct. 21
7 p.m. p.m.
NAMI Family Support Group
ORMC, Middletown

no fee
no registration




2019 NAMI-NYS
Educational Conference

October 25-27
at the
Albany Marriott




Tues., Nov. 5,
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Family Support Group
First Presbyterian Church in Goshen


NOTE DATE CHANGE
Mon., Nov. 25

6:30-8:30 p.m.
NAMI Orange
Annual Meeting

including vote for Board of Directors by the membership

RSVP Requested


NOTE DATE CHANGE
Mon., Dec. 2

Holiday Party for members and their families; and
invited guests





 NAMI Presentations:

  -Ending the Silence

-In Our Own Voice

arranged by request

*Click on above
 links for details

 

Medicare D


2019 Low-Income Subsidy Benchmark Premium Amounts for Medicare D
New York $39.33 for 2019 (increased amount from 2018)

As a reminder, the benchmark is the maximum monthly premium that will be paid by CMS for persons qualifying for "Extra Help." If a person receiving the low-income subsidy (LIS) enrolls in a Medicare Part D plan that has a premium higher than the subsidy amount listed for their state, the beneficiary is responsible for paying the difference in premium. 

One could consider switching to a different plan, but that would require careful attention to whether the new plan's formulary covers the medications that you are taking and if the pharmacy you have been using is accepted in the new plan. 

The 2019 Medicare plan information is not yet publicly available. Although some Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plan providers have already shared a preview of their 2019 Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans with their agents and brokers, detailed 2019 Medicare plan information will not be released until late-September or early-October.

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Some Changes in 2019
excerpts from Q1Medicare.com

  • Starting in 2019, the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Dual-Eligible and Extra Help recipients will be limited to one plan change per quarter during the first 9 months of the year.

In 2019, Medicare beneficiaries who are dual-eligible (Medicare/Medicaid) or eligible for the Medicare Part D Extra Help program will no longer have a continuous month-to-month Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Instead, the Dual-Eligible or Extra Help SEP “ may be used only once per calendar quarter during the first nine months of the year.”

  • You will not receive your 2019 ANOC letter and your Medicare Part D plan’s Evidence of Coverage at the same time.

In late-September or early October, your Medicare plan will send you a 2019 Annual Notice of Change letter (ANOC) detailing how your current 2018 Medicare plan is changing in 2019. However, CMS is separating the delivery of the ANOC letter and the delivery of your Evidence of Coverage (EOC) document so that the two documents arrive at different times.

You may recall that your ANOC is a relatively short, 10+ page document that summarizes upcoming plan changes and your EOC document is a rather long, 140+ page document that details your 2019 Medicare plan coverage. As noted by CMS, the “ANOC must be delivered 15 days prior to the [Annual Election Period (AEP)] and will be received by enrollees ahead of the EOC, thus allowing enrollees to focus on materials that drive decision-making during the AEP.” You should expect your 2019 EOC to be delivered on the first day of the Annual Election Period (October 15th) .