THE CARE PACKAGE: Campaign for Better Care & Resources

Nicole's Notes 

We have been busy travelling the state meeting remarkable people. We’ve met older adults who have had difficulty navigating the health care system and are grateful to find out about community and statewide resources. We’ve met Medicaid recipients who want to maintain their independence but, in order to do that, need new eyeglasses and can’t get them because this “optional” service is no longer covered. We’ve learned from physicians about how developing a trusting doctor-patient relationship with increased communication can reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, and we have learned from family caregivers that they need more information on community resources and need support as they take care of themselves, their own families and their loved ones.

Calendar 

  • NC CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER CARE: luncheon for older adults, caregivers in Goldsboro

Join the NC Justice Center and AARP NC on Thursday, February 2 for the next Campaign for Better Care community luncheon and make your voice heard on one of the most important, complex issues in North Carolina today.

The Campaign for Better Care aims to make improvements in the health system for older adults and build a strong, lasting consumer voice for better health care. Come and share your experiences about what you think needs to be changed in our health system, and take advantage of the expertise offered from the AARP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and more.

The free event will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Wayne County Services on Aging, 100 South John Street, Goldsboro. City parking lots are located (1) on the corner of Chestnut and John Streets and (2) on John Street between East Mulberry and East Walnut Streets. To reserve your seat, contact Services on Aging at 919-731-1591 or Nicole Dozier at nicole@ncjustice.org or 919-856-2146. Click here for a printable flier.

If you are interested in hosting an NC Campaign for Better Care event, contact me at 919-856-2146 or nicole@ncjustice.org.

  • Medical Care Advisory Committee Meeting

Federal law and regulation require that state Medicaid agencies have a Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC). The purpose of the MCAC is to advise the Medicaid agency on health and medical care services that may be covered by Medicaid. The next Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for January 20th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00.p.m. at the Doubletree Hilton, Raleigh. For more information, click here.

News for You 

Medicare Open Enrollment ended on December 7. If you decided to change plans, it should have taken effect on January 1, and you should have received your welcome package with a new membership card. If you did not receive one, make sure you contact your new plan.

For accurate information on plans and if you missed the open enrollment deadline, see www.medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE, and remember that the Seniors’ Health Insurance Program (SHIIP) at ncdoi.com/shiip or 1-800-443-9354 is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Resource Spotlight

AARP NC
1511 Sunday Drive, Ste. 312, Raleigh

www.aarp.org
866-389-5650
Education, Advocacy & Volunteer Opportunities

Disability Rights NC
www.disabilityrightsnc.org
919-856-2195, 877-235-4210
Investigates discrimination-related complaints from people living with disabilities

We have created extensive lists for the resources available in various communities in North Carolina. So far, we have lists for the following:

Stay tuned for resources lists for more communities throughout the year.

First Person

If you would like to share your story on video or in writing, please contact me at 919-856-2146 or nicole@ncjustice.org

 

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