Town of Mansfield, MA, Council On Aging, 255 Hope Street, Mansfield 02048 Phone: (508) 261-7368 Fax: (508) 339-4886

News for April 2018




What is Part A?
Part A is Hospital Insurance and helps cover Inpatient Care, Blood Products from a hospital, and Inpatient Care in Skilled Nursing Facility, Hospice Care and Home Health Care.   Copayments, coinsurance or deductibles may apply.

What is Part B?
Part B covers medically necessary doctor’s  services, Outpatient Care, Home Health       Services, Durable Medical Equipment, and Mental Health Services.Part B also covers    Preventable Services.You must meet your yearly Part B deductible before Medicare Pays their share and you pay typically 20%.
Original Medicare doesn’t cover everything.If you need services not covered under Medicare Part A or B, you’ll have to pay for them yourself unless you purchase additional supplemental insurance.

Part C, what is it?
Medicare Advantage Plans (HMO, PPO) are another way to cover costs.They are private companies that must follow rules set by       Medicare.If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan, you will still need to have Medicare Part A&B. You will get you’re Medicare A&B services through your Medicare Advantage Plan not through Original Medicare.Medicare Advantage Plans may offer some extra coverage like Vision, Hearing, Dental, other Wellness Programs and some include Drug Coverage as well.In addition to your Part B       premium you will pay a monthly premium for Medicare Advantage Plans and copayments will apply. plans are good for people that do not frequent the doctor’s office or medical care. , check with your provider to see which Medicare Advantage Plans they will accept.All plans are not  accepted by all doctors or networks.Check first!!

What is Part D?
Part D is an optional drug coverage benefit started in 2006.If you decide not to join a Medicare Drug Plan when first eligible and you don’t have other creditable coverage you will pay a penalty.There are two ways to get Prescription Drug coverage, through a standalone Drug plan or through a Medicare Advantage Plan. Group Health     Insurance with coverage may be considered Creditable Drug Coverage if you or your spouse are actively                 employed.Premiums, deductibles, coinsurance and the Coverage Gap will apply to all Medicare Drug plans whether standalone plans or plans in a Medicare Advantage Plan.

Medigap, why so expensive?
They cover the 20% Medicare does not.You must have Medicare A&B to enroll into a Medigap Plan.If your   provider accepts Medicare, they accept Medigap.These plans contain no drug coverage; you must enroll into a    Stand-alone drug plan unless you have creditable drug coverage from VA.Medicare pays first, Medigap will pay  second. are good plans for people that utilize the doctor’s office on a frequent basis. You do not need referrals or need to stay in network with a Medigap.

New Medicare Cards to people in Massachusetts after June of 2018. Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Number will be replaced with an   11-CHARACTER MEDICARE BENEFICIARY IDENTIFIER (MBI), which is made up of numbers and uppercase letters.   MBI are randomly generated and do not have any  special meaning.  Once you receive your new Medicare card with an MBI, you are able to use it.  Please, dispose of your old card. Your coverage and benefits remain the same. return to menu

Earth Day is a global holiday celebrated on April 22 each year.  Earth Day’s goal is to   inspire environmental awareness and education. 

Earth Day is reminder we need to live a greener state of mind.  Each year on April 22nd, 180 countries around the world celebrate Earth Day. Its founder was Senator Gaylord Nelson, an American politician from Wisconsin who served as a United States Senator and governor. It was troubling to Senator Gaylord that the environment was a non-issue in politics in the United States. 

Earth Day began a new surge of environmental activism which led to global recognition by the1990s. Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet. Earth Day was renamed International Mother Earth Day in 2009 by the United Nations.

In the United States we have buried or burned more than 166 million tons of resources of paper, plastic, metals, glass and organic materials in landfills just last year.  “By reducing our waste 1% per year and recycling and composting 90% of our discards by 2030, we could save 406 megatons of carbon dioxide equivalent every year. This is the equivalent to shutting down 21% of our nation’s coal-fired power plants.”

By following some simple and easy tips to help you go green, and save money, you can make a difference!

~Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs – reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year.
~Recycle paper, plastic and glass. Reduce your garbage by 10%.
~Bring reusable bags when you shop.
~When possible, buy local food and organic foods.
~Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.
~Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy.
~To conserve water outdoors water your lawn in the early mornings or late evenings.
~Make sure to turn off electronics such as computers or TV when you’re not using them.
~Turn off lights when you leave a room.
~Contact your utility company and find out about renewable energy options. 
~ Use Energy Efficient appliances!

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1 in 9 people in Eastern Mass. is at risk for food insecurity. Together we can help our food pantry partners provide healthier options while offering support to friends & neighbors in need. 

The Mansfield Council on Aging is partnering with the Hockomock Area YMCA in their initiative to help our community bring healthy food items, Our Daily Bread.  Throughout the month of April the COA will have a drop off box for those interested in making a donation.   Additional drop off locations are Hockomock Area YMCAS in Foxboro, Franklin, and North Attleboro

Suggested Healthy items:

  • Whole grain cereal (low sugar)
  • Hearty soups (lentil, minestrone, vegetable, black bean; low sodium)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned vegetables (low sodium)
  • Canned fruit (in 100% juice)
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole grain pasta, brown rice or quinoa
  • Dry lentils, kidney beans or black beans
  • Peanut butter, Sunbutter
  • White tuna
  • Supermarket gift cards (give directly to Y staff)
  • Spices
  • Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds
  • 100% juices
  • Bottled water
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Paper goods
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Food for restricted diets (gluten or nut free)
  • Pet food or pet products

Sponsored by the Healthy Food Access Initiative at the Hockomock Area YMCA. For more information, contact: or 774-571-8029. return to menu