NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

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ADVOCACY:


Would you be interested in becoming a NAMI Orange board member?
If so, contact our office at 845-956-6264
or email info@namiorangeny.org

to learn about the application process



Upcoming Events/Outreaches



*When registering, please indicate which course, meeting or support group you are requesting



Zoom
NAMI Orange 
Education Mtg.
Click here

Mon., April 12,
7 pm

Topic: Seeking Self-Help Safely
(avoiding scams) and also handling the grief of losing a loved one

We welcome our very special guest speaker Ginnie Brown who lost her daughter 11 years ago when she attended a retreat in Arizona and died in a sweat lodge



To celebrate May Mental Health Awareness Month:

"Extra Innings"
2 hour movie
through Zoom
with Q&A

Click here
to view details





UPCOMING COURSES:

 



Zoom
NAMI Family & Friends

Sat., May 22,
4-6 pm

Click above for details


Zoom NAMI 
Family-to-Family

Sat., Sept 11-Oct. 30
8 consecutive Saturdays
10 am-1 pm

 




On-going  Support Groups:


NAMI Connection
Offered online through
NAMI Orange  1st & 3rd Thursdays 
7-8:30 pm

Email to register at 
info@namiorangeny.org

NAMI Connection
a peer-led support group for adults living with a
mental illness.
No fee, no registration
PLEASE NOTE: 
unfortunately these meetings held in Goshen will not be able to resume until a later date, but online is available-
see above

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NAMI
 FAMILY 

SUPPORT
GROUP
(Virtual)

presented by NAMI Orange
Click here for details

1st & 3rd Mondays
6:30-8 pm

Register by  emailing 
info@namiorangeny.org

o
r call our office
845-956-6264

with name, phone # and email




NAMI National Conference

June 30-July 3, 2021





NAMI Presentations:

Both programs are arranged by request

Click on links below for details

 -Ending the Silence
is an in-school presentation designed to teach middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, how to recognize the early warning signs and the importance of acknowledging those warning signs. Through this classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition.
*3 types of presentations are available: for students, for staff and also for families

Click above link for possible ETS ZOOM presentations


-In Our Own Voice
trained presenters who are in recovery from mental illness share compelling personal testimonies about their experiences of living with and dealing with the challenges posed by mental illness.


 

Medicare D

Low-Income Subsidy Benchmark Premium Amounts for Medicare D for New York for 2021 is $42.27. 

All plans that were benchmark in 2019 will still be benchmark in 2020:
Aetna Medicare Rx Saver (PDP) is now WellCare Medicare Saver Rx (PDP) 
Cigna-Healthspring Rx Secure (PDP)
Express Scripts Medicare - Value (PDP)
Humana Basic Rx Plan (PDP) (formerly Humana Preferred Rx plan (PDP))
SilverScript Choice (PDP) 
WellCare Classic (PDP)
EnvisionRxPlus (PDP) 
Magellan Rx Medicare Basic (PDP)

In addition, there is one new benchmark plan for 2020:
Journey Rx Standard (PDP) from MII Life Insurance, Inc. 

NINE of the 27 stand-alone PDPs in NYS are "benchmark" plans that are free to people with FULL Extra Help in NYS (no monthly premium)-See above.

NYS Benchmark plans are "Basic" Part D plans with premiums below the benchmark amount, which is $36.55 in 2020, $42.27 in 2021. 

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. 

Or 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. 


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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.”

2021 Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plan information will not be officially released until October 1st.

If you are currently enrolled in a 2020 Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan, you will receive an Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) letter which is a preview of your 2021 Medicare plan coverage. Your current Medicare plan will automatically send you the ANOC in late-September. This 10 to 12 page document will highlight next year's coverage and plan changes.

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) .