Starting this fall, MSP benefit recipients will need to review their Medicare Part D Plans. The State of Maine will no longer pick a Medicare Part D plan for them. The local Area Agency on Aging is available to help these individuals. They will help them see if their medications are covered and select an appropriate plan. The Area Agency on Aging has several offices in the state. The office the member calls depends on where he/she resides. Please see the list of Area Agency on Aging phone numbers below:
Aroostook Agency on Aging, serves people who live in Aroostook County, 1-800-439-1789 or 764-3396
Eastern Area Agency on Aging, serves people who live in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis or Washington counties, 1-800-432-7812 or 941-2865
Seniors Plus, serves people who live in Androscoggin, Franklin or Oxford counties, 1-800-427-1241 or 795-4010
Spectrum Generations serves people who live in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo counties, and people who live in the towns of Brunswick or Harpswell, 1-800-639-1553 or 622-9212
Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging, serves people who live in York County, or Cumberland County except the towns of Harpswell and Brunswick, 1-800-427-7411 or 396-6500
For more information, please see the 2014 Medicare Part D Member letter that was sent to benefit recipients on MaineCare’s Member webpage.
Recently the Advocacy Initiative Network had to give up its office space on Harlow Street in Bangor due to a lack of funding. However, we are still in operation with the same mailing address. We are using a cell phone which is a message phone and messages are checked regularly. The new number is 207-951-7007.
The TU Collaborative invites you to participate in a new survey that seeks to gather input from individuals with psychiatric disabilities about the resources and services that would help them to achieve their weight loss goals. The information gathered will help to develop a weight loss program for mental health consumers interested in losing weight, providing the services and resources needed to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Who is eligible: Participants need to be over the age of 18 and have a psychiatric disability.
What the survey covers: This survey will help us identify what mental health consumers would like to see in a weight loss intervention. The survey will ask questions about personal health, nutrition, physical activity, goal setting, and preferences in technology and weight loss programs. Responses to the survey are completely anonymous and participants may choose to skip any question they do not wish to answer or stop the survey at any time. There is no penalty for not completing the survey.
Bitterly cold temperatures continue to affect Maine and will for several days. Wild Chill Warnings and Advisories are in effect across much of the State. According to the National Weather Service, extreme cold conditions will continue into the weekend.
In addition to keeping yourself and your family warm and safe, please remember to check on friends and neighbors who may need extra help to stay warm. Keep track of expected temperatures by staying tuned to news broadcasts, or checking National Weather Service forecasts online.
Stay Safe in Cold Weather
Dress in layers.
Wear a warm hat – 30% of heat loss is through the head.
Wear a scarf and gloves.
Infants should be in a room in which the temperature is 61-68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Drink plenty of fluids and warm/hot drinks.
Eat regular balanced meals to give you energy – good nutrition is important.
Keep active, but not to the point where you’re sweating.
Keep dry and change out of wet clothes as soon as possible.
Cut down on alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, since all three cause heat loss.
Consider closing the door to unused rooms to keep the rooms you use most warm.
Ask your doctor if you are on any medications that affect your ability to maintain a steady body temperature (such as neuroleptic medications and sedative hypnotics).
Bring your pets indoors except for needed outdoor breaks.