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Senior Times - October 2016
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Benefits Review For 2017
If you currently have a Medicare Drug plan:
Medicare open enrollment (October 15 – December 7, 2016) is the period when all people with Medicare are encouraged to review their current health and prescription drug coverages. Because plan coverages and costs vary annually, a coverage review may save you money. Any changes to your plan will start on January 1, 2017. You may be satisfied with the plan with which you are currently enrolled, but a quick check is important to ensure it is still working to your best advantage. Call early to schedule an appointment, rather than waiting until the last week and expecting to get same day service.
A local Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) Counselor can:
• Explain your enrollment options: changes in costs, coverage and ben- efits.
• Help you sign up for a new Medicare Drug plan (Part D) or a Supplemental or Advantage Plan for your Part B and/or Part C coverage options.
• Objectively help you compare your current drug plan with other Medicare Drug Plan choices.
• Check to see whether you qualify for extra help with the cost of your prescriptions or Medicare health insurance.
Insurance Benefits Counseling: One- on-one counseling helps seniors deter- mine best options for prescriptions and health care. To schedule time with a counselor near you call:
Battle Creek
Region 3-B Area Agency on Aging (269) 966-2450 or (800) 803-7174
Marshall
Calhoun County Office of Senior Services
(269) 781-0846 or (877) 645-5243
Albion
Forks Senior Center (517) 629-3842
Hastings
Barry County Commission on Aging 320 W. Woodlawn Ave
(269) 948-4856 or 1-800-803-7174
You may also get assistance online at www.medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE.
If you are new to Medicare, you are advised to sign up for its coverages when first eligible at age 65; do not wait until an annual open enrollment period. Other conditions apply if you continue to be employed and insured beyond age 65.
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Absent Voter Ballot
Absent voter ballots are available for all elections. They provide voters with a convenient method for casting
a ballot when they are unable to attend the polls on election day.
As a registered voter, you may obtain an absent voter ballot if you are:
• Age 60 years old or older
• Unable to vote without assistance at
the polls
• Expecting to be out of town on
election day
• In jail awaiting arraignment or trial • Unable to attend the polls due to
religious reasons
• Appointed to work as an election
inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she partici- pates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are disabled or voters who are 60 years of age or older. (Voting in person on one governmental level clears the restric- tion on the other levels. For example, if a voter subject to the restriction votes in person at a school election, the voter would be free to obtain an absentee ballot for the first state elec- tion in which he or she wishes to par- ticipate.)
Requesting an Absent Voter Ballot Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and can be submit- ted to your city or township clerk. (For assistance in obtaining the address of your city or township clerk, see http:// www.Michigan.gov/vote.) Your request must include one of the six statutory reasons stated above and your signa- ture. You must request an absent voter ballot by mailing the application, large print application, a letter, a postcard, or a pre-printed application form obtained from your local clerk's office.
Written requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 2pm the Saturday before the election.
Once your request is received by the local clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a bal- lot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absent voter ballot. Requests for absent voter ballots are processed immediately. Absent voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence.
After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8pm on election day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return enve- lope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household,
a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk's office.
If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on election day, you may request an emergency absent voter ballot.
Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absent voter ballots has passed but before 4pm on election day. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absent voter ballot. Your local clerk will have more information about emergency absent voter ballots.
Voting is one of the most cherished and fundamental rights in our country. If you are eligible to obtain an absent voter ballot and cannot attend the polls on election day, use of the absent voter ballot is strongly encouraged.
Be sure to put Tuesday, November 8 on your schedule to vote this year or take steps to receive your absent voter ballot today.
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ALBION
Albion Library Chamber of Commerce Family Health Center Family Fare
Forks Senior Center Parks Drug Store Youngs Pharmacy
BATTLE CREEK
Art Center
Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce Bronson Battle Creek
Brookside Medical Facility
Clara’s on the River
Community Action
Family Y Center
Family Fare
Finley’s Restaurant
Helen Warner Branch Library Kellogg Comm. Fed. Credit Union Kool Family Center
Lakeview Square Mall
Lux Restaurant
M-66 Bowl
Main Street Market
MoonRaker Restaurant
Old Country Buffet
Omni Community Credit Union Pancake House
Regional Medical Lab
Sweetwater Donuts
The Family Health Center
US Post Office
Walgreens - Beckley Road
Willard Library
COLDWATER
Branch Co. Commission on Aging Branch Co. Community Health Agency Branch District Library
Chamber of Commerce
Community Health Center
Goodie Shop (30 N. Monroe)
Family Fare
Walgreens
Pines Behavioral Health
H&C Burnside Senior Center
COLDWATER (Cont.)
Monarch Community Bank Southern Michigan Bank
HASTINGS
Commission on Aging Family Fare
Laundromat
Magnum Health and Rehab McDonald (W. State St.) Pennock Health Center Pennock Hospital
Pennock Professional Building Ponderosa
Thornapple Credit Union
JACKSON
Chamber of Commerce
Flagstar Bank (Downtown Branch) Krogers
Heartland Health Center
Jackson Area Libraries
Laundromat (Wisner Road)
Marrs Avenue Grill (E. Michigan Ave.) TLC Eyecare
MARSHALL
Chamber of Commerce County Building
Library
Mancino’s Restaurant Monarch Community Bank Oaklawn Hospital
UNION CITY
Monarch Community Bank Village Library
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