Energy Assistance Program Update
The season is now in full swing!
Our appointments are full through the end of the year, but we will be taking appointments again for 2019.
We will begin to schedule those appointments after Dec. 10. Call 464-9736 and enter 1 beginning Dec. 10 to make an appointment.
EAP is an income-eligible program as well as a program to help seniors and individuals with disabilities who are struggling to pay their energy bills. When participants qualify for a determined amount, the payment is electronically paid to the appropriate energy company.
Medicare's annual Open Enrollment Period runs from through Dec. 7.
If you are on Medicare, this is the time to review your current drug or health plan to make sure your plan's coverage is still right for you for 2019, said SHIP volunteer and local coordinator Ginger Brockwehl.
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, housed in the offices of the Porter County Aging and Community Services, is a free and unbiased counseling program provided by the Indiana Department of Insurance for Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana.
“This is also the time to see if there are other plans that cost less and/or cover more. Each year Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Advantage Plans make changes to their premiums, drugs they cover, and the co-payments you must pay,” she said. “Often there are new plans and choices available in your area.”
SHIP officials recommend meeting with a volunteer counselor who will use the Medicare plan finder to review plan options and show seniors all of the choices for 2019.
“If you want to make a change, our volunteers can help you enroll,” Brockwehl said. “If you are happy with your current plan, you don't need to do anything - we can provide you with your estimated drug costs for 2019.
SHIP counselors are available weekdays at PCACS, 1005 Campbell St., in Valparaiso. To schedule an appointment at PCACS, call 219-464-1028 or email SHIP@portercountyacs.org.
Office Space available: 2,500 square feet, cubicles, private bathroom, kitchen area, small offices, large space, multiple points of access for public and employees and 11 parking spaces. Call 219-464-9736 if interested.
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PCACS is registered as a charitable organization at smile.amazon.com.
When you shop through this Web site, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible purchases to PCACS.
AmazonSmile is a Web site, operated by Amazon, that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features that you find on Amazon.com.
On your first visit, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive the donations. Then AmazonSmile will remember your selection and future eligible purchases you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation to PCACS.
In order for the purchases to count, you must shop through the Smile Web site each time vs. the regular Amazon Web site.
Thank you Nipsco!
We are so appreciative of the support that we received from NIPSCO. The company has sponsored our new TV, which will be enjoyed by our clients and utilized by our staff for training.