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June is Elder Abuse Month

It may be a topic not many people want to think about or talk about. Elder abuse affects older adults of all socio-economic groups, cultures and races and can occur anywhere. Abuse can occur in a person’s home or in a facility and may be perpetrated by a family member or a person of trust.

Elder abuse comes in many different forms too.  It can be physical, sexual or emotional abuse.  It can also be neglect, failure of a caregiver to provide food, shelter, medical services or other critical needs for an elderly person.  Neglect may also be in the form of self-neglect.

Financial exploitation including financial scams through the mail, over the phone or in person are also a huge problem for older adults.  Many individuals fall victim to scammers resulting in the loss of money, other assets and even their independence.

The good news is NARCOG has resources available to help educate and protect local seniors and their family members.  The Elder Abuse Protection Toolkit is available at no cost and includes facts, red flags, questions to ask and resources to help stop elder abuse.  Click here to download the toolkit.

NARCOG seeking Regional Economic Development Specialist

NARCOG seeks a Regional Economic Development Specialist with one to three years of experience to join our team to help improve the quality of life for our three county region. The position supports the administration of the small business loan fund program, preparation and administration of various grant programs, as well as research and preparation of planning reports and studies in support of our regional and economic development programs.  Experience in the financial administration of loans and/or grants is preferred.  BS degree in Planning, Finance or a related field is required.

Excellent Benefits Package

Starting salary: $38,150 

Click Here for a complete job description. 

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  NARCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Moulton Begins Downtown Revitalization Program

June 30th - 10:00am

Mark your calendars and join NARCOG, business owners and other members of the community as we hear a presentation from Main Street Alabama.  The community is invited to learn about the Four-Point Approach for downtown revitalization.  

The meeting will be held at Moulton City Hall located at 720 Seminary Street in Moulton, Alabama.  For a downloadable flyer, click here.

Let's Get Moving!

What is keeping you from moving? Exercise, even low impact exercise is proven to reduce pain and stiffness.  Join one of our free classes and see how much better you can feel.  NARCOG has partnered with the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation to offer Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program classes at Turner Surles Community Center.

When:  Monday - Friday at 9:30am

Where:  Turner-Surles - 702 Sycamore Street NW, Decatur

 

 

NARCOG Regional Transit Agency

Public Transportation for Morgan County can be reached at 256-580-2088.

Rides may be scheduled by calling at least 24 hours in advance. 

LAWRENCE COUNTY: 256-974-2488

Rates:

$2.00 each trip up to 5 miles

$4.00 each trip up to 10 miles

$6.00 each trip up to 15 miles

$8.00 each trip up to 20 miles

$10.00 each trip over 20 miles within the NARCOG Service Area

*Special rates apply for trips outside the NARCOG RTA Service Area

NARCOG is dedicated to providing safe and reliable transportation services to individuals in Lawrence and Morgan counties. 

New Medicare Cards to Help Combat Fraud

CMS NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2017

New Medicare cards offer greater protection to more than 57.7 million Americans
New cards will no longer contain Social Security numbers, to combat fraud and illegal use  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) currently used on the Medicare card. CMS will begin mailing new cards in April 2018 and will meet the congressional deadline for replacing all Medicare cards by April 2019. Today, CMS kicks-off a multi-faceted outreach campaign to help providers get ready for the new MBI.

“We’re taking this step to protect our seniors from fraudulent use of Social Security numbers which can lead to identity theft and illegal use of Medicare benefits,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “We want to be sure that Medicare beneficiaries and healthcare providers know about these changes well in advance and have the information they need to make a seamless transition.”  

Providers and beneficiaries will both be able to use secure look up tools that will support quick access to MBIs when they need them. There will also be a 21-month transition period where providers will be able to use either the MBI or the HICN further easing the transition

CMS testified on Tuesday, May 23rd before the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social Security and U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology, addressing CMS’s comprehensive plan for the removal of Social Security numbers and transition to MBIs.

Personal identity theft affects a large and growing number of seniors. People age 65 or older are increasingly the victims of this type of crime. Incidents among seniors increased to 2.6 million from 2.1 million between 2012 and 2014, according to the most current statistics from the Department of Justice. Identity theft can take not only an emotional toll on those who experience it, but also a financial one: two-thirds of all identity theft victims reported a direct financial loss. It can also disrupt lives, damage credit ratings and result in inaccuracies in medical records and costly false claims.

Work on this important initiative began many years ago, and was accelerated following passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). CMS will assign all Medicare beneficiaries a new, unique MBI number which will contain a combination of numbers and uppercase letters. Beneficiaries will be instructed to safely and securely destroy their current Medicare cards and keep the new MBI confidential. Issuance of the new MBI will not change the benefits a Medicare beneficiary receives.  

NARCOG will continue to post updates as they become available.  Medicare beneficiaries are cautioned to protect their personal information including their Medicare number.  Medicare and Social Security will never contact you requesting this information.  

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