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Medicare Open Enrollment Approaches

October 15th - December 7th

This is the one time of year when all Medicare beneficiaries can compare plans and enroll into the plan of their choice for the new year.  Are you ready?  The good news is that NARCOG offers Medicare counseling at no cost to beneficiaries.  Through the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), our trained counselors assist you in comparing plans and enrolling into the plan of your choice.  We do not recommend one company or plan over another, but provide you with the best choices based on your personal needs.  The final decision is always yours.  For a complete list of dates, times and locations of open enrollment events, click here.

Bring your insurance cards and a complete list of medications to receive a personalized Medicare plan comparison.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy - Public Comment Period Opens

NARCOG is finalizing the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) plan for our region. The 30 day public comment period will run from August 31 - September 30, 2017.  Please submit comments to Mr. Joey Hester, AICP, Director of Planning and Economic Development.  Comments may be submitted by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via mail to NARCOG, Post Office Box C, Decatur, Alabama 35602.  

A copy of the draft plan cover sheet and table of contents can be accessed here. The body of the document is accessible by clicking 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 has also partnered with Right at Home and City Center Village to offer the course.

When:  Tuesdays at 10:00am

Where: City Center Village - 807 Bank Street NE, Decatur, AL



New Medicare Cards to Help Combat Fraud


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.  

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


$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. 

Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan

Public Meeting - September 25, 2017 at 1:00PM

NARCOG will hold a public meeting regarding an update to the Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan for Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan counties. The meeting will be held at 216 Jackson Street SE, Decatur, Alabama. 

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the update of the "Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan. The mission of this plan is to develop strategies to effectively provide transportation options to persons with limited transportation resources. This meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in public transit is encouraged to attend. Anyone requiring special assistance to attend the meeting should contact the NARCOG staff no later than forty-eight hours prior to the event at (256) 355-4515. For a copy of the notice, click here.

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