Senior centers live by community support

Senior Center News
Joni Schaff / Council on Aging Dir.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
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A senior center exists because people volunteer, donate and participate. Activities rely on all these actions. The following are reasons for you to be at the Hardin Senior Center in June.

Items are needed for a gift basket raffle that is a Senior Citizens Association fundraiser with the drawing on Sept. 4. Please donate and drop an item off at the senior center by Monday, June 4 so it can be put together by June 15.

Help decorate the senior center for June at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6. Your help is appreciated.

The Bingo in Billings this year is on Thursday, June 7. We will provide the bus to the event. Departure time is 12:15 p.m. The game is played from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Billings Community Center located at 360 N. 23rd Street in Billings. The Joliet Senior Center is the recipient of the benefit that is sponsored by the Billings Clinic, Area II Agency on Aging and the Adult Resource Alliance in Yellowstone County. After the game, our group will go out for dinner (at your own cost). Stop in to sign up for this event.

The Area II Agency on Aging Advisory Council meeting will be hosted by our Hardin Senior Center on Friday, June 15. The deadline to sign up for the meeting and dinner is Friday, June 8. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. with Hardin Mayor Joe Purcell greeting the group at the start of the meeting. After the meeting, a guided tour of the Big Horn County Historical Museum has been planned, sponsored by the Area II Agency on Aging. Volunteers have stepped up to help with the day’s activities and businesses have donated door prizes for drawings for our guests. Our phone number is (406) 665-2581 for more information.

The Birthday Dinner this month is on Wednesday, June 20. All meal reservations must be made by 4 p.m. the previous day.

A fun potluck/picnic is planned for noon on Friday, June 29 at the Big Horn County Museum. Bring a side dish and your own plates. Sign up at the senior center.

The Medicare Rights Center addresses the question, “How can I appeal a denial by my Part D plan?”

“The problem may be that a medication prescribed is not covered by your Part D plan because the drug is not on the pharmacy’s formulary.

“A formulary is a prescription drug plan’s list of covered drugs. If your Part D plan told you that this drug was offformulary, it means that your plan does not usually cover it. However, you do have option to get your drug covered. You should speak with the provider who prescribed this medication.

“You provider may be able to prescribe a similar medication that is on your plan’s formulary. If your doctor believes that you need the off-formulary mediation, because the available medications on the plan’s formulary would be unsafe or ineffective for treating your condition, ask your provider if they can assist you with an appeal to get the medication covered.

“First, you or your doctor must file an exception request (a formal coverage request) with your plan. Contact your plan to learn how to file an exception request. Your provider should write a letter of support for your request. Your doctor may file on your behalf, but is not required to do so. The plan should issue a decision within 72 hours.

“You can request a fast (expedited) exception request if you or your provider feel that your health could be seriously harmed by waiting the standard timeline for a decision. If the plan grants your request to expedite the process, you will get a decision within 24 hours of the initial request.

“If your exception request is approved, your drug will be covered. If your exception request in denied, you plan should send you a Notice of Denial of Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. “You have 60 days from the date listed on this notice to begin the formal appeal process by filing an appeal with your plan.

“If your plan approves your appeal, your drug will be covered. If denied, follow the instructions on the denial notice to learn how to appeal and where to send appeals materials.

“Keep all receipts for proof of out-of-pocket expenses so you could be reimbursed if you win the appeal.” The Hardin senior center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hardin Senior Center menu:

Thursday, May 31 – baked potato with broccoli and cheese, vegetables, dessert Friday, June 1 – fish burger, chips, dip, vegetable tray, dessert

Monday, June 4 – sauerkraut, kielbasa, potatoes, vegetables, salad, dessert

Tuesday, June 5 – pasta salad, sandwich, dessert

Wednesday, June 6 – Swiss steak, potatoes, vegetables, dessert Thursday, June 7 – chicken pot pie, vegetables, dessert

Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:

Friday, June 1 – pizza, bread sticks, salad, pineapple upside-down cake

Monday, June 4 – chili, corn chips, fruit salad, cinnamon roll

Wednesday, June 6 – fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, pumpkin roll