Our mission at NARCOG is to eliminate the frustrations many people experience when trying to access services. Through the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) we connect individuals with programs, services, and resources in their community so they can make informed decisions regarding support options. The ADRC is a collaborative effort of federal and state agencies to streamline access to long-term care. This nationwide effort is designed to be a “one call” or “no wrong door” system where older adults and individuals of any age with disabilities can receive information and assistance in applying for programs and benefits that will improve their quality of life.
View the current Area Plan for the NARCOG region.
Community Resource List - Morgan County
NARCOG is home to the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) which is the designated agency to assist the older adults and disabled in the region. Access Alabama is your connection to resources and all programs offered through the AAA. Other programs include:
Our goal is to help individuals remain in their home by providing supportive services through numerous Medicaid Waiver programs. Person-centered case management, personal care, homemaker and other services are provided at no cost to the individual or their family. NARCOG currently serves over 415 individuals through this program.
NARCOG has been awarded Case Management for Long-Term Services and Supports Accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Medicare and Medicaid counseling services are provided to those becoming eligible for Medicare through age or disability. We make understanding your choices easier and can assist those who qualify in applying for benefits that will help pay premiums and in some cases, co-payments and deductibles. NARCOG trained counselors assisted over 2,000 individuals during the annual Open Enrollment period (October 15 - December 7) in 2019 saving them over $1,000,000 in premiums and co-payments in 2020.
Many beneficiaries do not know that there are programs that will help pay the Medicare Part B premium as well as assist with co-pays and prescription drug benefits. Our SHIP counselors can screen for these programs and help you apply. There is no cost and it only takes a few minutes. Call 256-355-4515, ext. 236 to see if you qualify.
Medicare and COVID-19 - Learn more about what Medicare covers and other important information on your Medicare benefits.
January 2021 - What's New in 2021
Previous editions of the Medicare Minute are available below.
May Medicare Minute - Medicare and Coronavirus
June Medicare Minute - Medicare and Medicaid
July Medicare Minute - New to Medicare
August Medicare Minute - Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Care
September Medicare Minute- Preparing for Future Healthcare Needs
October Medicare Minute - Open Enrollment Period
November Medicare Minute - Choosing Your Part D Prescription Drug Coveraget
December Medicare Minute - Skilled Therapy
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
The Alabama Senior Medicare Patrol can help you avoid falling victim to health care fraud. Medical providers, durable medical equipment providers and telemarketers may all perpetrate fraud. Our goal is to help you:
If you believe you are the victim of Medicare fraud, call our SMP at 256-355-4515, ext. 236. We can help!
Assistance with medications for those uninsured, underinsured or in the coverage gap of Medicare is also available through this program. Individuals are screened by counselors and connected with patient assistance programs offered through drug manufacturers.
Many drug manufacturers have expanded their Patient Assistance Programs during the pandemic. Call 256-355-4515, ext. 247 to speak to our SenioRx Coordinator.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. NARCOG thanks the Center for Workforce Inclusion, Inc. for selecting our organization to operate SCSEP in our region.
The NARCOG SCSEP program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This funding provides 90% of the support for SCSEP with the Center and its subgrantees providing nonfederal match. The SCSEP program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Download an application here.
The Alabama CARES program provides supportive services to family caregivers. Information and assistance, case management, counseling, respite care and supplemental services are just a few ways NARCOG can assist through this program. We also offer support to grandparents 55 and over caring for children 18 and younger. Read more about this program here.
Connect with Alabama Cares by calling 256-355-4515, ext 241.
An attorney licensed by the State Bar of Alabama provides representation to those 60 and older on issues such as simple wills, power of attorney, advanced directives and Medicare and Medicaid eligibility and appeals.
We continue to provide legal services during the coronavirus pandemic. Call 256-355-4515, ext 249 to discuss how we can assist you.
The Ombudsman serves as an advocate for residents of long-term care facilities and provides education to residents, family members and professionals on resident rights. They can answer questions or concerns about the care provided, safety and health of residents or transfers and discharges from facilities. You can reach our Regional Ombudsman at 256-355-4515, ext. 235.