Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Sauk Village Senior Committee Report - August 23, 2016

Sauk Village Senior Committee Report

August 23, 2016

Scam Alert! 
Many Medicare beneficiaries are contacted by scammers pretending to be from Medicare.  Questions are often asked if Medicare will legitimately contact beneficiaries.  There are times the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs Medicare program, may contact you, but there are two important things that can CMS or Medicare will not do:

  • Medicare or CMS will never call or come to your door without first sending you a letter in the mail explaining why they are trying to contact you.
  • Medicare will never ask for your Medicare number or Social Security Number because they already have it.

This fall, CMS is sending a letter to random selected Medicare beneficiaries in part of Illinois and other states inviting them to take part in the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS).  The letter sent to this random sample of people explains that a researcher from NORC at the University of Chicago, the CMS contractor conducting the survey, will be contacting them.  The survey will include a phone number to call for more information, as well as a brochure about the survey.

If you get this letter, remember that participation in the survey is optional.  If you do not receive this letter but receive a call or an in-person visit from someone saying they are from Medicare or NORC , be cautious.  Do not share any information or let them in until you verify they are truly who they say they are.  You can call Illinois SMP at AgeOption (800) 699-9043 for help verifying their identity.

Senior Committee Open Senior Activity – every Fridays 12:30-3:30 p.m. with coordinators Steve Shymkus and Frank Williams.  No meeting, no membership and no dues, just come and join the fun with your peers.  Light refreshments and bottled water served.  The Rummikub game (a tile game similar to the rummy card game) is very addictive.  Other games are available plus computer, TV and our library program.  This Saturday, August 27th an Open Senior Activity with a potluck meal is at 5:00 p.m., doors open at 3:00 p.m.  All seniors 50 years and older are invited, sign-up with (Steve or Frank) the type of covered dish (serving from 8-10 servings) you are bringing.

There will be no Sauk Village Blue Grass meeting Labor Day Sunday, September 4th.