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By Sherry Kolbe, Manager, State Health Insurance Assistance Program, Baltimore County Department of Aging

When you have Medicare health insurance, you have Medicare benefits and rights. Knowing these facts can help keep you safe and healthy. KEPRO, the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization, offers help free of charge to be sure that people with Medicare get the best care possible.

Call KEPRO at 1-844-455-8708 for assistance with these services:

Immediate Advocacy

Call KEPRO if you need help quickly with a concern about your medical care or related services.

  • My nurse will not answer my questions
  • My doctor prescribed a wheelchair, but I have not gotten it yet.
  • I can’t get an appointment with my doctor.

Quality of Care Complaints

Call KEPRO if you have a complaint about the healthcare you received from a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health agency or physician office.

  • Did I get the right medicine?
  • Was I diagnosed correctly?
  • I did not receive instructions at discharge and did not know what to do.

Discharge Appeals  

Call KEPRO if you think you are being discharged too soon from a hospital or skilled nursing facility. 

  • You can file a discharge appeal though KEPR0, which will review your case and medical records in order to decide if it is safe for you to be discharged. During the appeal, you will be able to stay in the hospital with no financial liability until the appeal is finished. 

Other Medicare Questions

For other Medicare questions, contact the Baltimore County Department of Aging’s SHIP office at 410-887-2059.

A reminder from the Baltimore County Department of Aging: Medicare has mailed new cards with new Medicare ID numbers to help protect you from identity fraud. Put your new Medicare card in your wallet and destroy your old card right away. Shred or cut your old Medicare card so no one can see your Social Security number. Your Medicare coverage and benefits stay the same. Protect your Medicare number – and take care of yourself.


By Sherry Kolbe, Manager, State Health Insurance Assistance Program, Baltimore County Department of Aging

Medicare is mailing new cards to help protect you from identity fraud. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number. The new Medicare cards remove Social Security numbers to make them safer.

The new cards will have a new Medicare number that’s unique to each individual. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure. Your Medicare coverage and benefits stay the same.

Medicare will automatically mail your new card at no cost to the address you have on file with Social Security. There’s nothing you need to do. If you need to update your official mailing address, visit your online my Social Security account.

Three Action Steps

Once you get your new Medicare card, take these three steps to make it harder for someone to steal your information and identity:

  1. Destroy your old Medicare card right away. Shred it or cut it so no one can see your Social Security number, even in the trash or recycling.
  2. Use your new card. Doctors, other health care providers and plans approved by Medicare know that Medicare is replacing the old cards. They are ready to accept your new card when you need care.
  3. Beware of people contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking you for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. Treat your Medicare number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers. Remember, Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.

For Information

For more information about your new Medicare card, visit go.medicare.gov/newcard. You can also visit Medicare.gov for tips to prevent Medicare fraud.


Marks Older Americans Month at Senior Centers in Lansdowne, Turner Station

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz celebrated Older Americans Month by spending time at two Baltimore County Department of Aging senior centers this afternoon, and announced expanded hours at three centers in the County. Kamenetz met with members, council leadership and staff members at the Fleming Senior Center in the Turner Station area of Dundalk and at the Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center, presenting Executive Proclamations in recognition of Older Americans Month.

During his visits to the two senior centers, he announced to enthusiastic applause that he has put money in the County’s operating budget to expand the hours for the Fleming, Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands and Hereford Senior Centers.

“Our senior centers are vital resources in our communities that offer a broad range of services to older adults, helping them to stay active, physically fit and to age in place in the neighborhoods where they spent their lives and raised their families,” said Kamenetz. “By offering expanded hours, we are increasing opportunities for positive programs, especially fitness and exercise classes.”

Kamenetz Announces Expansion of Hours at Three Senior Centers

During his visits, the County Executive announced to senior center members that he added funding to the FY19 budget to increase operating hours by 20 percent at the Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands and Fleming Senior Centers as a six-month pilot program to see if more access will increase attendance. The timing of the additional four hours per week will be determined in collaboration with senior center members and staff. The cost of the increased hours is $10,000.  In addition, Kamenetz is increasing Hereford Senior Center’s hours from one six-hour day per week to two six-hour days, enabling the center to expand physical fitness classes and other activities.

“We’ve been wanting these extra hours and are happy because we’ll be able to have more programs in the morning and it will relieve the cramped programming schedule,” said Tina Rodriguez, a member of the Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center Council.

Donald L. Jones, President of the Fleming Senior Center, said, “We are very glad that County Executive Kamenetz listened to our concerns and we thank him for the additional hours. We are urging our seniors to come out to the center to enjoy the opportunities for social and physical engagement.”

Photos from the County Executive's senior center visits are on the County website. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017