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Sourcewise To Host Community Education Series Focused On Medicare & Drug Plan Updates For 2020

San Jose, October 1, 2019: On October 16, 2019, the Sourcewise Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) launches its 2019 Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) Educational Series. HICAP provides free, confidential one-on-one counseling, education, and assistance to individuals and their families on Medicare, Long Term Care insurance, other health insurance related issues, and planning ahead for Long Term care needs.

The HICAP program helps Santa Clara County Medicare enrollees identify any changes to their plans, the options available, and how to execute their Medicare and supplement choices.

This October 16 to December 7 - the 2019 Annual Enrollment Period beneficiaries should be aware of:

  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plan costs and formulary changes for 2020
  • Medicare Advantage Plan costs and benefits for 2020
  • Enrollment timing and rights to change plans, including the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment from January through March each year

“Your Medicare choices can be stressful. Plans, benefits, and costs change yearly.” explains Marcelo Espiritu, Director of Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program. “There are many changes to the Medicare.gov PlanFinder in this enrollment period. We encourage individuals to sign up for a free MyMedicare.gov account. This online account will allow our counselors to analyze our enrollees drug plan options quickly.”
 

Learn about Medicare Options for 2020 at convenient locations in Santa Clara County:

 

Through personalized counseling sessions and community education, Sourcewise Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program counselors help consumers make informed decisions about their health benefits. HICAP counselors are available year around to assist with comparison charts, insurance plan benefits, claim or benefit denials, and other health insurance related billing questions.

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Sourcewise Announces Historic Community Representation Position

San Jose, August 26, 2019: In an effort to provide comprehensive insight and advocacy for a highly diverse senior population in Santa Clara County, the Sourcewise Advisory Council announces an historic addition of the LGBT senior community position.

“I am excited to see the inclusion of an LGBT representative on the advisory council. This is an important step in strengthening the outreach and support of LGBT older adults,” states Sherrill Wayland, Director of National Education Initiatives for Sage— the national organization offering supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers since 1978.

Sourcewise is a pioneer in better serving the LGBT community. In 2018 and in partnership with Sage, Sourcewise began the work to gather important needs assessment data of Santa Clara County older adults and caregivers. Sourcewise invested in SageCare to provided training for its staff and grantees to better understand the needs of LGBT community and to communicate with compassion and dignity.

In 2018, Sourcewise achieved Bronze Level LBGT Cultural Competency Training for its investment in 25% of all staff receiving training.

Older adults who identify as LGBT are more likely to face poverty and homelessness and to have poor health due to stigmas and discrimination.

In fact, 40 percent of LGBTQ people in their 60s and 70s state that their health care providers do not know their sexual orientation, according to the County of Santa Clara’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Affairs.

Every four years, the Sourcewise Area Plan takes into consideration the health and wellbeing of special populations of older adults. The data captured from the LGBT community is vital to the funding plan for the county.

Sourcewise Advisory Council members provide input into the Area Plan on Aging during its development, under the direction of Sourcewise.

The community representative position for the Advisory Council is voluntary with a term of three years. Eligibility for the position includes: Santa Clara County residents; 60 years or older (preferred); a representative of the LGBT community; and a dedicated advocate of supportive services for the aging population. The council meets the first Monday of select months, 10 times throughout the year.

Interested parties may contact Ursula Davila at udavila@mysourcewise.com or Tom Picraux, Advisory Membership Chair, at dpicraux@gmail.com.

Sourcewise is the designated Area Agency on Aging of Santa Clara County and is one of thirty-three Area Agencies on Aging in California. As an independent non-profit organization, Sourcewise educates, prepares, and provides direct support services and resources to older adults, caregivers and individuals with disabilities in Santa Clara County.

Learn more about the Sourcewise Advisory Council and services offered by Sourcewise in support of the Santa Clara County community at mysourcewise.com/advisory.

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Sourcewise Welcomes Chief Executive Officer

The Sourcewise Board of Directors announced on July 30, 2019 that Aneliza Del Pinal is the new Chief Executive Officer for Sourcewise. Ms. Del Pinal is the second CEO in the organization’s history.

Aneliza Del Pinal has successfully proven her skills in executive decision making and collaborative leadership with the Board, and through that action, we appoint her as our new CEO.

In her new role, Aneliza Del Pinal will be responsible for driving Sourcewise to the next level, building on the solid foundation and momentum achieved by the Sourcewise team under her leadership.

Aneliza is an accomplished leader, with a track record of working with media, community-based organizations, and the community at large to benefit seniors and persons with disabilities in Santa Clara County. She brings a great mix of leadership, inspiration, operational experience, technical breadth, and passion for customer care. This perfect set of skills makes her the right person at the right time to lead this agency.

“Aneliza has vast experience establishing new efforts in collaboration through strategic communication and has done a great job with bridging the transition from interim CEO and preparing the organization for growth,” stated Jeff Tepper, Board Vice President. The Board recognizes the significant contributions Ms. Del Pinal has made in setting the right tone, energy, and structure at Sourcewise during this important transition.

The Sourcewise Board of Directors welcomes Aneliza as she takes the helm as CEO of Sourcewise. She will be responsible to continue building upon the premier Sourcewise services and will seek new avenues to serve our consumers.

Aneliza is supported by Chief Operating Officer Manuel Altamirano and nine program directors: www.mysourcewise.com/leadership.

“Aneliza brings new energy to Sourcewise, a fantastic outlook for community collaboration and a dedication to provide the best service possible for Seniors of Santa Clara County. We are both excited and fortunate to have her in this seat,” said Altamirano.

Michal Mendoza is the President for the Sourcewise Board of Directors.

Your voice counts: Area Plan Needs Assessment Survey for Santa Clara County

Sourcewise has commissioned the Research Center of California State University, Fullerton to survey Santa Clara County (SCC) older adults 60+ via phone, respectfully asking for your participation during August and September, 2019.

Your participation is crucial for the future of SCC services for older adults. Information from this survey helps Sourcewise obtain critical information to invest in needed education and support services for seniors, their families, and caregivers throughout Santa Clara County.

Answers and participation are completely confidential.

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is October 15–December 7, 2019

Eligible Santa Clara County (SCC) residents can expect to receive key updates at presentations scheduled throughout SCC and benefit from individualized one-on-one counseling, all provided by the Sourcewise Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP).

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) occurs annually October 15 through December 7. Similar to annual tax preparation, October is the annual time to review your Medicare Part D plan for changes to drug prescriptions and pharmacy network affiliations. October is also the time for Medicare Advantage Plan members (also known as Part C) to review their respective plans and make any changes if necessary.

During AEP, existing Medicare beneficiaries may enroll into, change, or drop a Medicare Part D drug plan or a Medicare Part C HMO for new plans that become effective January 1, 2020.

Personalized, one-on-one counseling sessions are available Part D and Part C plan changes.

“This year, we will present on the topic “Medicare Options and Updates for 2020” at 25 locations. We are also aiming to include presentations in Vietnamese, Gujarati, Punjabi and Hindi in addition to other languages we provide: Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese,” said Angelina Vallejos, Medicare Modernization Act Specialist of Sourcewise HICAP, Other languages are available at counseling sessions.

If your organization, club, or church is interested in hosting a Sourcewise Medicare presentation, Sourcewise HICAP has several facilitators who can tailor your presentation in various languages and topics to best suit your needs.

Sourcewise HICAP also provides financial application assistance for Medicare beneficiaries with incomes less than $2,114/month for couples and $1,561/month for singles; and whose savings/assets are also less than $28,720 and $14,390 respectively.

HICAP counseling is free, unbiased, and available to Medicare-eligible Santa Clara County residents. Visit mysourcewise.com/appointments to view counseling sites and scheduled presentations.

To attend a free, unbiased, educational presentation or schedule a one-on-one appointment with a HICAP counselor, contact (408) 350-3200 press 1 for English, option 2 for HICAP (oprima 2 para Español, 2 para HICAP).

CalFresh Expands Benefits for SSI Recipients for First Time

As of June 2019, for the first time, seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or State Supplementary Payment (SSP) may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits without it affecting their SSI/SSP benefit amount.

In California, 54% of seniors age 60 and over, and 37% of adults between the ages of 18-59 receive SSI or SSP, according to the California Department of Social Services.

CalFresh is available to low-income individuals who meet the federal income eligibility. CalFresh issues the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to qualified individuals. The EBT card is valid at most grocery stores and many local farmers markets, all of which offer newly eligible CalFresh recipients access to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs.

CalFresh food benefits may range from $15 to $192 per month. The average food benefit amount available nationally for an older adult or person with disability is $105–$110 per month. If approved, the CalFresh food benefits will be loaded to the recipient’s EBT card on a monthly basis.

Newly eligible SSI recipients will need to apply for CalFresh either via telephone, online at www.getcalfresh.org, or in person at locations around the county.

SSI recipients who currently receive CalFresh do not need to apply as they will be added automatically to the existing CalFresh household at the next semi-annual or annual report. Individuals who might not be eligible to receive CalFresh may have access to alternative government support programs.

Sourcewise provides one-on-one application assistance for older adults, their loved ones, and individuals with disabilities.

Learn more about the CalFresh benefit expansion, how it might affect you or someone you know, or get application assistance: speak with a Community Resource Specialist of Sourcewise: (408) 350-3200, option 1.

September is National Preparedness Month

In 2017, major natural disasters have reminded the nation of the importance of preparation. Community members came together to assist their neighbors after disaster struck and before first responders are able to arrive.

After Super Storm Sandy hit the Northeastern coast, one neighbor shared, “We remember the people …on the ground – dealing with the aftermath and its personal impact on their lives...They greeted the trucks, spoke with donors, guided people in their giving, and spent their days distributing all of the goods we and our fellow upstate neighbors were able to collect.” (Courtesy of public Facebook Group Sandy Disaster Relief - Upstate Neighbors Helping Our Downstate Neighbors)

National public service campaign “Ready” provides information to assist the American people to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

Ready urges individuals to:

  • Become Informed
  • Make a Plan
    • Choose an emergency contact person who will check on you during a disaster and decide how you will communicate and reconnect if separated
    • Decide how /where you will relocate during an emergency evacuation
    • Ensure you have a 72 hour supply of food, water, basic necessities, and identification
    • Register to identify individuals who may need special assistance: https://www.smart911.com/
    • Use Center for Disease Control’s care plan template for emergency needs: https://www.cdc.gov
  • Get Involved
    • Find community based programs specializing in emergency preparedness
    • Collaborate with your friends / neighbors to create a community emergency plan

    Contact a Sourcewise Community Resource Specialist for more information about local disaster and emergency preparedness resources: (408) 350-3200, option 1.

Maureen Heath: Dedicated Advocate for Local Causes

Maureen Heath, California Senior LegislatorA community is strengthened by engaged individuals who are passionate about a cause. Santa Clara County is fortunate to have Maureen Heath as a valued contributor to its communities’ needs.

In what could be considered a third career, Heath now dedicates her time to local causes as a Senator for California Senior Legislature, Advisory Member to Sourcewise, Commissioner for the Los Gatos Town Council, and a Secretary and Board Member for the Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee.

Previously, Ms. Heath was a Recreational Therapist; she returned to school and became a workers’ compensation Defense Attorney for 31 years.

Heath states, “The Advisory Council was my first volunteer experience after retirement. It provided an opportunity to learn about senior issues and effective ways to advocate on behalf of seniors. The members of the Advisory Council bring a rich diversity of backgrounds and knowledge which they share with the group.”

During her tenure as Chair of the Planning Committee, Heath connected members to local subject matter experts on community policies and actions. She cherishes interacting with others who are knowledgeable and passionate about senior issues.

“As Sourcewise embarks on updating the Area Plan for 2020, the Planning Committee under the direction of Sourcewise actively engages in the process by providing feedback and input on surveys and focus group protocols and also reviews the Area Plan drafts,” Heath stated.

Currently in her first term as a California Senior Legislator (CSL), Heath enjoys learning the legislative process from a local caucus. CSLs are appointed to advocate at the state-level on behalf of seniors and supports legislation for older adults (https://4csl.org/).  

Heath remains fiercely dedicated to enhancing local understanding of advocacy channels. She shared, “The Advisory Council meetings are open to the public, and I would encourage anyone interested in older adults to attend.”

Learn more about the Sourcewise Advisory Council: www.mysourcewise.com/advisory.

Sourcewise Welcomes Chief Executive Officer

San Jose, July 30: The Sourcewise Board of Directors announced today that Aneliza Del Pinal is the new Chief Executive Officer for Sourcewise. Ms. Del Pinal is the second CEO in the organization’s history, and its first female.

“Aneliza Del Pinal has successfully proven her skills in executive decision making and collaborative leadership with the Board, and through that action, we confirm upon her the role of CEO,” said Michal Mendoza, President for the Sourcewise Board of Directors.

In her new role, Aneliza Del Pinal will be responsible for driving Sourcewise to the next level, building on the solid foundation and momentum achieved by the Sourcewise team under her leadership.

Aneliza is an accomplished leader, with a track record of working with media, community-based organizations, and the community at large. She brings a great mix of leadership, inspiration, operational experience, technical breadth, and passion for customer care. This perfect set of skills makes her the right person at the right time to lead this agency.

“Aneliza has vast experience establishing new efforts in collaboration through strategic communication and has done a great job with bridging the transition from interim CEO and preparing the organization for growth,” stated Jeff Tepper, Board Vice President.

The Board recognizes the significant contribution Ms. Del Pinal has made in setting the right tone, energy, and structure at Sourcewise during this important transition.

The Sourcewise Board of Directors welcomes Aneliza as she takes the helm as CEO of Sourcewise. She will be responsible for growing her team to deliver on the plans she has–to establish Sourcewise as a premier Area Agency on Aging.

Thank you for your continued support as we charge ahead to build a business focused on delivering the best service possible.

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Sourcewise Announces Interim Chief Executive Officer

Interim Chief Executive OfficerSan Jose, July 1: Aneliza Del Pinal takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking, and drives organizational advantage. She is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time grounds decisions in financial information that levers the business of the organization. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic community partners, and establishing governance boundaries, Aneliza earns a seat at the table wherever she serves.

Currently, as Interim CEO at Sourcewise, Aneliza oversees the operations of one of the most innovative Area Agencies on Aging in California. She led the successful creation and process improvement for the critical State required document–the 2016-2020 Area Plan where she extended the Sourcewise service reach to the Southern region of Santa Clara County and marshaled the development of needed services for seniors of that area. She is now spearheading major strategic shifts for transforming how Sourcewise collaborates and communicates with Community Based Organizations within Santa Clara County so that Sourcewise supports a truly connective message of service needs for seniors in her care.

Previously as Director of Public Relations Aneliza forged a strong connection with local media through radio, television and print in order to better educate and foster the community connected to Sourcewise. In her successful role as Planner for Sourcewise, Aneliza was responsible for multimillion dollar funding administration and contract disbursements for service grantees within Santa Clara County.

Aneliza holds a degree in International Business from San Francisco State University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and is a contributing member for the Santa Clara County Public Health Chronic Disease Prevention; Alzheimer’s Association Latino Caregiver Conference; Diabetes Prevention; and National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

Aneliza is supported by Chief Operating Officer Manuel Altamirano and nine program directors: www.mysourcewise.com/leadership.

“Aneliza brings new energy to Sourcewise, a fantastic outlook for community collaboration and a dedication to provide the best service possible for Seniors of Santa Clara County. We are both excited and fortunate to have her in this seat,” said Altamirano.

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