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Medicare Helpful Numbers and Websites

  1. 1. Helpful Numbers & WebsitesVISIONARY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT – JOHN YOUNG – 830-608-1990AACOG BEXAR AREA AGENCY ON AGING - (210) 362-5254, 800-749-2010ABUSE HOTLINE FOR THE TEXAS DEPT. OF FAMILY & PROTECTIVESERVICES – Adult abuse & financial exploitation hotline - 1-800-252-5400ADOPT A NURSING HOME VOLUNTEER PROGRAM - 1-800-889-8595NURSING HOME VOLUNTEER OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM – 1-800-252-2412ALCOHOLISM & DRUG DEPENDENCE (NATIONAL) - 1-800-622-2255ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS – 800-272-3900AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION – 1-800-232-3472, Local - 210-829-1765AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY – 210-614-4211AMERICAN CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION – 1-800-986-4636AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND – 1-800-232-5463AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION – 1-800-242-8721, Local - 210-614-4121AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS – 1-800-252-5864AMERICAN PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION – 1-800-223-2732AMERICAN PODIATRIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION – 1-800-366-8227AMERICAN RED CROSS – 1-800-775-6803AMERICAN SOCIETY ON AGING – 1-800-537-9728AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION – 1-800-638-8255AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION – 1-800-553-6321ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION OF SOUTH TEXAS – 1-880-442-6653ASSIGNMENT EDITOR – http://www.assignmenteditor.com/ - Great search siteoriginally set up for journalists to get info and aggregate sources, but now is open to all. Redlettered links require a Subscription. Blue links are free.
  2. 2. ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CONSUMER HELPLINE - 1-800-621-0508ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE FRAUD AGAINST SENIORS – 1-800-337-3928BENEFITSCHECKUP -http://www.benefitscheckup.org - BenefitsCheckUp includes morethan 1,550 public and private benefits programs from all 50 states and the District ofColumbia helping thousands every day to find programs for people ages 55 and over thatmay pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and otheressential items or services.CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTE (DONATIONS/BEQUESTS) – 1-800-223-7874CARESCOUT - http://www.carescout.com/ - 1-800-571-1918 x 344 Search and comparenursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health and hospice agencies. Obtain discountson eldercare. Talk to an eldercare expert for advice.CARESEEK - http://www.careseek.com/ - Review and research healthcare providersCLEARING HOUSE FOR ALCOHOL & DRUG INFORMATION – 1-800-788-2800COALITION OF TEXANS WITH DISABILITIES – 1-800-998-3363COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS – 1-800-532-5441CONSUMER CREDIT HOTLINE (COMPLAINT HOTLINE) – 1-800-538-1579CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION – 1-800-638-2772CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS ON NURSES AIDES – 512-231-5800DIASABILITY ASSISTANCE – ADMINISTRATION ON DEVELOPMENTALDISABILITIES – 202-401-9215DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT - Palmetto GBA is the Durable Medical EquipmentRegional Carrier (DMERC) for Region C. They process claims for durable medicalequipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) for Medicare beneficiaries wholive in Texas. Some examples of DMEPOS items are canes, walkers, hospital beds, glucosemonitors, wheelchairs, artificial lower limbs and corrective lenses after cataract surgery. Ifyou have questions about Medicare coverage of home medical equipment, you may call theirtoll-free Medicare Beneficiary Call Center at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227),Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (EST).ELDER OPTIONS OF TEXAS – http://www.elderoptionsoftexas.com/ - A Healthcare,Senior Housing, and Community Resource Directory
  3. 3. ELDERCARE LOCATOR – This national information and referral service helps identifycommunity resources for elderly services throughout the United States 1-800-677-1116FINDYOURPOLICY.COM - Is designed to ensure that the beneficiaries you nameactually receive financial assets like life insurance benefits, safe deposit box contents, bankand certain types of investment accounts. Many times, when a life insurance policy holderpasses away, his or her beneficiaries don’t know where the life insurance policy was held,which can mean that the benefits are delayed or never paid out.http://www.findyourpolicy.com:80/FOOD STAMPS – 1-800-252-9330FOR ANSWERS ABOUT: Part A & Part B bills and services, hospital care, skilled nursingcare, and fraud. TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, LLC 1-800-633-4227FOR ANSWERS ABOUT: Bills for durable medical equipment and a list of approvedsuppliers of this equipment. CIGNA (Connecticut General Life Insurance Company) 1-800-633-4227FRIENDLY 4 SENIORS - http://www.friendly4seniors.com/ - Database populated withover 2000 senior related listings that are reviewed and approved as a senior related Web Siteprior to listing.HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION OF TEXAS -1-877-541-7905GLAUCOMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION – 1-800-826-6693GOLD VIOLIN – http://www.goldviolin.com - Find “gadgets” for independent living.GOVERNOR’S HELP LINE - 1-800-843-5789GRAY PANTHERS – 1-800-280-5362HEALTH CHECK SYSTEMS – Nice site for health, wellness and fitness products. Thereis a lot of valuable information here as well as some charts and calculators.http://www.healthchecksystems.com/heightweightchart.htmHEALTHGRADES - http://www.healthgrades.com/ - Ratings on Physicians, Hospitals &Nursing Homes.HEARING AID HELPLINE BETTER HEARING INSTITUTE – 800-327-9355HOME HEALTH AGENCY ABUSE REPORTING (CONSUMER RIGHTS &HOTLINE -1-800-228-1570HOPELINE - 24/7 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
  4. 4. HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE – 1-800-345-4372INCONTINENCE – 1-800-252-3337INFORMATION ABOUT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES - 1-800-252-8016INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE – 1-800-829-1040KIDNEY HEALTH PROGRAM - 1-800-222-3986LEGAL HOTLINE FOR OLDER TEXANS – Texans 60 and older or who are Medicareeligible: Call 1-800-622-2520 for legal assistance.LEUKEMIA – 1-800-955-4572LIGHTHOUSE NATIONAL CENTER FOR VISION & AGING - 1-800-334-5497LIVING BANK, THE (FOR ORGAN DONATIONS) 1-800-528-2971LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN – 800-252-2412LUPUS FOUNDATION – 1-800-558-0121MEDICAID HOTLINE - 1-800-252-8263 – Information on Medicaid 1-512-834-0162MEDICARE HOTLINE – 1-800-663-4227MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION – 1-800-633-8747MEDICARE – http://www.medicare.gov/ - The official U. S. Government site for peoplewith Medicare. This is where you can check on all the prescription drug plans. They alsohave links to information on health plans. Be aware that these are private health plans. Theydo not have information on Medicare supplements. 1-800-633-4227, Quality of CareComplaints affiliated with HMOs 1-800-725-8315, Fraud & Abuse -- 1-800-633-4227 or 1-800-447-8477 - The amount of the reward will not exceed 10% of the overpaymentsrecovered in the case, or $1,000, whichever is less.MDHub - http://www.mdhub.com/ - Tired of waiting on hold when you call your doctor?Have you left a message for the doctor and had to sit around waiting for a call back? Orperhaps you have a question after office hours. Well, there’s a better way to reach yourdoctor. At this site, simply enter the information in an online form. Then you can send it toyour doctor’s fax machine. You can request appointments, test results and even prescriptionrenewals. MDhub claims every doctor in the country can be contacted via its Web site. Thisservice is for non-emergency purposes only.MILITARY BENEFIT ASSOCIATION – 1-800-336-0100
  5. 5. MOTLEY FOOL - http://www.fool.com/retirement.htm?ref=G02A04 – Retirement sectionof Motley FoolNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AREA AGENCIES ON AGING - 1-800-677-1116NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING – 1-800-424-9046NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY – 202-272-2004NATIONAL EYE CARE PROGRAM – 1-800-222-3937NATIONAL INSURANCE COMMISSIONER – 1-800-942-4242NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING (PUBLICATIONS) 1-800-222-2225NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION FOR SOUTH & CENTRAL TX. -210-829-1299NATIONAL LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND & PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED –1-800-424-9100NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION – 1-800-969-6642NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR RARE DISORDERS – 1-800-999-6673NATIONAL OSTEOPOROSIS FOUNDATION – 1-800-223-9994NATIONAL PSORIASIS FOUNDATION – 1-800-723-9166NATIONAL REHABILITATION INFORMATION CENTER – 1-800-346-2742NATIONAL STROKE ASSOCIATION - 1-800-787-6537NURSING HOME COMPLAINTS – 1-800-458-9858OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM (NURSING HOMES) – 1-800-491-4636PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION 1-800-424-8580PRESCRIPTION DRUG ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – 1-800-252-9240POISON CONTROL CENTER – 1-800-222-1222PREVENT BLINDNESS/TEXAS – 432-620-8228QUALITY IMPROVEMENT ORGANIZATION FOR TEXAS – For appealing earlyhospital dismissals - TMF Health Quality Institute - Bridgepoint I, Suite 300, 5918 WCourtyard Dr. Austin, TX 78730-5036 Telephone: 512-329-6610 fax: 512-327-7159
  6. 6. For Nursing Home Quality contact Ms. Gloria Bean, RN Ph: (800) 725-9216, X664For Home Health Quality contact Kevin Warren Tel.: 512-329-6610 Fax: 512-327-7159RATE MD’s - http://www.ratemds.com/social/ - Give your doctor a checkup or browseonline ratings on over 450,000 physicians nationwideREPORTING COMPLAINTS AND INCIDENTS - 1-800-458-9858 Nursing Facilities,Personal Care Facilities, Adult Day Care FacilitiesRETIREMENT DICTIONARY - http://www.retirementdictionary.com/ - Retirementconsulting serviceRXLIST.COM - http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp - Search the medical dictionaryfor health definitions and medical abbreviations. Research medicines and moreSAVINGS BOND CALCULATOR - Find out what your bonds are worth with the onlinecalculator. The calculator will price Series EE, E, I bonds, and Savings Notes. Featuresinclude current interest rate, next accrual date, final maturity date, year-to-date interestearned, and more... http://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/tools/tools_savingsbondcalc.htmSENIOR CITIZENS LEAGUE - http://www.seniorsleague.org//index.php - With 1.2 millionsupporters, TREA Senior Citizens League (TSCL) is one of the nations largest nonpartisan seniors groups.Their mission is to promote and assist members and supporters, to educate and alert seniorcitizens about their rights and freedoms as U.S. Citizens, and to protect and defend thebenefits senior citizens have earned and paid for.TSCL consists of vocally active seniorcitizens concerned about the protection of their Social Security, Medicare, and veteran ormilitary retiree benefits.SENIORNET - http://www.seniornet.org/jsnet/index.php - SeniorNet is the nations leadingand most respected provider of access to and education on computer technologies andInternet for adults age 50+.SENIORS DISCOUNTS - http://www.seniordiscounts.com/ - The largest senior discountdatabase anywhere…over 150,000 businesses listed!SENIOR JOURNAL - http://www.seniorjournal.com/ - Senior Citizen News andInformation Daily on the WebSKIN CANCER FOUNDATION – 1-800-754-6490SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION - http://www.ssa.gov/ - Social Security has atoll-free number that operates from 7AM to 7PM, Monday to Friday: 1-800-772-1213, Local-- (210) 472-4400, Seguin Office – (830)-379-8802, San Antonio South Office -- (210) 534-5443SMARTER TRAVEL - http://www.smartertravel.com/senior-travel/ - Senior travel site
  7. 7. SPINLIFE – http://www.spinlife.com/ - Information on manual wheelchairs, electricwheelchairs, electric mobility scooters, wheelchair and scooter lifts, and lift chairs at thelowest possible prices.STATE BAR OF TEXAS – 1-800-932-1900STATE SECURITIES BOARD OF TEXAS – 1-512-305-8300STRENGHT TRAINING PROGRAM FOR OLDER ADULTS - Studies at laboratoriesaround the world have shown that strength training benefits women and men of all ages andall levels of fitness. This website by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention wasdesigned specifically for the older adult who wants to grow stronger, healthier, more active,and more independent.http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/growing_stronger/exercises/index.htmTALKING BOOK PROGRAM -1-800-252-9605 – Library services for blind andphysically disabled TexansTEXAS ASSOCIATION FOR HOME CARE – 1-800-880-8893TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL CONSUMER HELP LINE – 800-252-8011TEXAS DENTAL ASSOCIATION – 512-443-3675TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES LONG TERM CAREREGULATORY - 1-800-458-9858 (Licensing/certification and inspections of Nursing andAssisted Living facilities and Adult Day Care)TEXAS DEPARTMENT ON AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES - Aging Services- 1-800-252-9240 - Community Based Services - 1-800-252-9330TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE – 1-800-252-3439TEXAS HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION - 1-800-252-9330 Local --(210) 337-3550TEXAS LEGISLATURE ON-LINE – http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD - (to file a physician complaint) – 1-800-201-9353TEXAS MEDICAL FOUNDATION – 1-800-725-8315TEXAS PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION – 1-888-782-8477TEXAS SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE – 1-800-491-4636 The Texas Silver HairedLegislature are persons 60+ who have been elected from 28 regions in Texas to serve two-
  8. 8. year terms in this official senior advocacy volunteer program established by the TexasLegislature. No funds were appropriated for this program. They meet in the House ofRepresentatives of the Texas Capitol and conduct a non-partisan legislative session on evennumbered years. They are sworn in by the Secretary of State as an official member of theTexas Silver Haired Legislature.During their legislative session they pass resolutions addressing the needs of Texans. Theyprovide this information to the Texas Legislature. They select ten priority issue resolutionsand present them to the Texas Legislature for sponsorship during the Texas LegislatureSession, which is held on odd numbered years. They actively advocate for or against issuesfor all citizens of Texas and provide education on issues. They provide a forum forexercising our responsibilities as informed citizens from our communities to our state.THE HEALTHCARE SCOOP - https://www.thehealthcarescoop.com/hcs/ - Patientreviews of healthcare providersUNITED OSTOMY ASSOCIATION – 1-800-826-0826UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WEBSITE – http://www.usa.gov/VETERAN’S BENEFITS - 1-800-827-1000 - Benefits Information and assistanceWIDOWNET - http://www.widownet.org/ Online information and self-help resource for,and by, widows and widowers. Topics covered include grief, bereavement, recovery, andother information helpful to people, of all ages, religious backgrounds and sexualorientations, who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.72T ON THE NET - http://www.72t.net/Default.aspx - Site dedicated to those individualsseeking information on IRC. Section 72(t), the exception to the 10% penalty tax forwithdrawals from IRA accounts taken prior to the age of 59.5. They also offer limitedinformation of Required Minimum Distributions including the calculators.If you find any information contained here to be incorrect please let me know so that I may update it for the benefit of all.

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