By Kenny Sui-Fung Yim
Residents at the Chinatown Greater Golden Age Center gathered to hear presentations from the Boston Police Department and health care navigator Sara Tan on Nov. 26, with interpreting by Jack Hung, resident services and community programs coordinator at Quincy Tower.
Tan gave an overview of changes that might be expected in cost and coverage. At the moment, most seniors qualify for the “the white card,” which is state coverage health insurance. The new plan will be red and blue. There are four plans: A, B, C and D. The first step is to choose between A and B. A is commonly known as hospital care. B covers more advanced doctor services, including surgery and outpatient care.
In 2013, the cost was $104.90. Then, you choose whether you need D, which includes prescription medicines, and is offered on a limited basis. C is the Superior Plan, which covers both A and B, and a portion of D. The cost is covered by the government, and can be used for private and company uses. Those under 40 will have more surgical care options. There open enrollment is until Dec. 7.
Senior citizens are encouraged to inform their family and discuss their options with relatives.
There has been a recent upsurge in scams directed against the elderly population, said Robert Luongo, BPD community service officer for senior response. He urged them to be suspicious of any messages that come from hospitals, banks, electric companies, the lotto or anyone they did not expect a message from. Luongo advised the residents not give out information.
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