Are You Eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Gross Income Limit (185% of Federal Poverty Level) - applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or~receives disability income. Household gross monthly income limits are $1800 for a single person and $2425 for a couple. Therefore, if you are over 60 or disabled, you may be allowed a slightly higher monthly income, depending on your housing and medical expenses.
Are there Asset Limits? There is no asset limit EXCEPT for households~whose~gross income is more than the income listed above. For those households, total assets including cash, savings
accounts,~stocks and bonds~cannot be more~than $3,250. Your home is not an asset and no lien is put on it.~Also not counted are vehicles~or retirement accounts, such as IRAs. Again, these asset limits only apply to households whose gross income is more than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Please call Brookfield Social Services for information or a confidential appointment with a SNAP outreach worker.
Do you Need Medical Coverage?
If you do not have Medicare (seniors under 65 years old) and need medical coverage for 2015, you can shop for plans through Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace, Access Health CT. Open Enrollment starts November 15, 2014. Methods to enroll include:
- Online using the website - www.AccessHealthCT.com
- By phone through the Access Health Call Center: (855) 805-4325
- One-on-one help at Enrollment Fairs and Centers – see website for details
- In-Person help from Brokers or Application Counselors – see website
You may enroll in a marketplace plan through February 15, 2015. You may be able to apply anytime if you have a qualifying life event or are eligible for Medicaid.
Save $ on Rx costs: Annual Switch for 2015 Medicare Prescription Plans
Plan formularies (drugs covered by the insurance company) and costs change each year, so you are given an opportunity to review and change your coverage. Be on the lookout for notices you receive from your prescription plan listing changes they are making for the upcoming year. Even if you are satisfied with your current coverage, look at other Medicare Rx plans to determine if there is a plan that will better suit your individual needs.
The dates for switching your Rx plan begin October 15, 2014 to December 7, 2014. If you would like help comparing the Medicare Part D plans for
- Complete a form (PIF) listing your medications. Forms are available at the Senior Center.
- Return the form to the Senior Center for one of our volunteers to do a drug plan comparison.
- When the results are ready, you will be contacted. An appointment can then be scheduled to review the comparison or switch plans if you choose.
We are grateful to Pete Cronin, Connie Hunt and Eleanor Loesch who will again donate their time to help compare Medicare Rx plans for Brookfield residents.