Emailed Newsletter - October 16, 2023
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In the District

We gathered with nearly 100 people at R Bar & Grill for my concealed carry gun seminar, alongside District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce, Luzerne County Sheriff Brian Szumski and the PA State Police. Thank you to our presenters, the Newport Township Crime Watch, and Newport Twp Police Dept. for their partnership. We even gave out free targets and gun locks!
Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 15

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is reminding older adults the annual open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries begins this Sunday, Oct. 15, and continues through Thursday, Dec. 7. Any new coverage selected or changes to existing benefits will take effect Jan. 1, 2024.

During open enrollment, new Medicare beneficiaries can sign up for Medicare prescription drug coverage and health plans to complement Medicare, and current Medicare beneficiaries can review and join, switch or drop Medicare Advantage or prescription drug coverage so it better meets their needs.

To help Medicare beneficiaries understand their options, the department offers free, objective health benefits counseling through Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight (PA MEDI). Available at Pennsylvania's 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), PA MEDI counselors can assist Medicare beneficiaries with plan comparisons, help with enrollment in a new plan, and evaluate eligibility for any of Pennsylvania's Medicare cost-savings programs.

To learn more about PA MEDI assistance, click here. PA MEDI can also be reached at 1-800-783-7067 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Older adults may also call their local Area Agency on Aging for assistance. Click here for a link to contact information.
Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Applications Now Open

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is inviting grant applications for the 2023-24 Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF).

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, veteran service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs across the state. The funding supports services such as transportation, food insecurity, housing insecurity, behavioral health/mental health/suicide prevention initiatives and legal assistance, among others.

Grant applications must be received no later than 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Click here for more information about the program and how to apply.  
Upcoming District Events

Come sip, chat and be heard — your voice shapes our community’s future! Join me for an informal hour-long meet and greet. Enjoy complimentary coffee while discussing local issues that matter to you. All times 10–11 a.m. Please RSVP to 570-902-4802.