Social Security or Medicare?

Senior Center News
Thursday, January 3, 2019
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We invite you to start the New Year of 2019 out right with a resolution to visit your senior center more often. We offer a congregate meal each weekday. The suggested donation cost to a senior citizen over the age of 60 is $4.50. If you are under age 60, the cost is $5.50.

The senior citizen age is for the State of Montana Aging Services criteria. We just ask you fill out an intake form that asks your name, birth date, address, income range, household size and whether you are disabled or a veteran. None of this information has to be confirmed. It is at your own word and discretion of what you want to fill in.

Our facility at 317 N. Custer in Hardin offers not only a warm, nutritious meal, but fellowship and activities, and a very pleasant atmosphere. There are books available to read and exchange, puzzles to put together, bingo games, afternoon movies and good company. We look forward to seeing you here. Our phone number is (406) 665-2581. Stop in to get a January calendar/menu.

The news this week is on “Who to contact? Social Security or Medicare?”

Sometimes, it’s confusing to know who to contact and for what. Social Security and Medicare offer related services, so people aren’t always certain who does what. This may help:

Contact Social Security to: see if you’re eligible for Medicare; create a my Social Security account to do things like request a replacement Medicare card and report a change of address, name or phone number; sign up for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance); apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) costs; report a death; and appeal an Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount decision (for people who pay a higher Part B and/or Part D premium if their income is over a certain amount).

Find information on how to do all of this and more at and

Contact Medicare to: see what services Medicare covers; get detailed information about Medicare health and prescription drug plans in your area, including costs and services; find a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy in your area; find doctors, health care providers and suppliers who participate in Medicare; get information and forms for filing a Medicare appeal or for letting someone speak with Medicare on your behalf; compare the quality of care provided by plans, nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies and dialysis facilities; and view Medicare publications.

Visit for these services.

If you need to find out your claim status, find out deductibles or get answers to premium payment questions, you can call 1-800-633-4227 for Medicare.

Call 1-800-772-1213 for Social Security.

Determining who to contact is the first step in getting the answers you need. Please share these lists with family and friends who need to know more about Social Security and Medicare.

Activities for the coming week at the senior center include bingo on Tuesday, Jan. 8, a movie on Wednesday, Jan. 9, blackout bingo on Friday, Jan. 10 and the Seniors Association meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.

This month’s birthday dinner is on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Roast beef is on the menu. All reservations and cancellations must be made by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Hardin Senior Center menu:

Thursday, Jan. 3 – enchilada casserole, rice, beans, dessert
Friday, Jan. 4 – goulash, vegetables, garlic, dessert
Monday, Jan. 7 – tacos, Mexi fries, vegetables, dessert
Tuesday, Jan. 8 – ham and bean soup, sandwich, dessert
Wednesday, Jan. 9 – sweet and sour chicken, salad, vegetables, dessert
Thursday, Jan. 10 – hot dogs, chips, dip, vegetables, dessert

Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:

Friday, Jan. 4 – chicken and noodles, ham sandwich, fruit salad, brownie
Monday, Jan. 7 – meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, peas, peach cobbler
Wednesday, Jan. 9 – scalloped potatoes and ham, green beans, roll, apple pie