Published on July 13, 2015, issue of The Morgan Hill Times

By Scott Forstner

Sourcewise, a community resource solutions nonprofit organization that helps with coordinating services and support systems for adults in Santa Clara County, will host 10 workshops in Morgan Hill beginning next month.

Through its Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, Sourcewise’s state-certified staff will lead the 2015 Friday Series from Aug. 7 through December. Topics are Medicare basics, coordinated care initiative, understanding long term care insurance, Covered California and Medicare, 2016 changes to Medicare and its annual enrollment period, Part D Prescription Drug Coverage and Medicare Savings Program.

The workshops, which will be offered in English and Spanish at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center (17000 Monterey Road), will help participants choose the right option in health care for them.

Current beneficiaries of Medicare, persons who are planning to enroll in Medicare or are interested in learning more about health insurance care options will have the opportunity to schedule free, private counseling sessions as well.

“At Sourcewise, we collaborate with Santa Clara County, state and local networks to provide a streamlined approach to service and support systems,” according to a description on mysourcewise.com. “We empower individuals by providing access to information, allowing for personal choices and continued independence. We strive to create a community-based system of care that crosses city boundaries, income levels, geography and special interests.”

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Angelina Vallejos at (408) 350-3200, option 2, or email at community@mysourcewise.com.

View original Morgan Hill Times article here.

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.