The North End Juniors Girl Scout Troop is collecting donations for the ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center through Monday, May 20th. Donations can be dropped off at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet Street. See more details posted below.
Volunteers Wanted The ABCD North End/West End NSC has a plethora of open volunteer opportunities: Opportunity-teach computers to seniors at the NE/WE NSC on 1 Michelangelo Street in the North End. We need a patient volunteer to teach seniors basic Internet searches, typing in Microsoft Word, setting up email, and navigating online shopping services such Read More…
The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) held its Halloween party on Monday, the day before Halloween. Staff and volunteers prepared a hearty and healthful meal of pork, pasta, and green veggies, to round out the influx of sweets, which included a sugary feast from our friends and elected officials in the neighborhood. Read More…
Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Approaches!
Don’t Miss Your Annual “SHINE” Check-up!
ABCD Urges Medicare Beneficiaries to Sign Up for Plan Assistance; Medicare Open Enrollment to Run Nov. 15 to Dec. 31
SHINE Counselors Available to Answer Questions
Many Medicare plans are changing next year and, for the first time in many years, SHINE leaders – Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders – are spreading out to Boston neighborhoods to answer questions and enroll beneficiary in the best plans for their needs.
“Plans have different deductibles, co-pays, covered drugs and restrictions,” said Elaine Cronin, Regional Director for Boston’s SHINE program, adding that Part D plans, for instance, are set to increase with monthly premiums ranging from $14.80 to $210.10.
Site hours, only available through reservation on a first call-first served basis by calling the Boston SHINE office at (617) 348-6226, will occur during the Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period set to start November 15 and continue through December 31. Coverage will begin January 1, 2011.
Scheduled neighborhood sites include:
- North End: Fridays, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
at the ABCD North End/West End NSC, 1 Michelangelo St.
- West End: Mondays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
in the West End Library, 151 Cambridge St.
Massachusetts General Hospital’s Senior HealthWISE members may call Krista Landsman at (617) 643-6304 to schedule appointments in the Amy Lowell House, Beacon House, or the Blackstone Building.
Medicare beneficiaries will be notified by mail if their plans are set to change. They are asked to visit www.medicare.gov to review plan costs and what is covered, compare them with other eligible plans, and choose a plan that meets their requirements and budget.