Congressman Gene Green, representing the Texas District 29, was busy last week, hosting a Senior Town Hall Meeting for his district on Thursday morning at the Northeast Community Center, and a Health Fair at M.O. Campbell Center on Saturday.
At the Senior Town Hall, Green was accompanied by government officials that answered questions and presented new information in their respective fields. These included Andy Hardwick, Social Security Administration; Paula Johnson, HC Area Agency on Aging; and Michael Coulter, Medicare Outreach Centers.
Green had some good news for Social Security benefits, that they have been extended by Congress to 2030 for Medicare, and 2033 for Social Security.
He also said that the Part D drug “donut hole” will be reduced over the next 10 years. He reminded attendees that full Social Security benefits are available after the age of 66 yrs.
In Social Security news, Hardwick noted that they now figure life span at 85 yrs. It is possible to establish and maintain your account online, avoiding waiting rooms at the Social Security office.
Johnson said that the Area Agency on Aging runs many programs for seniors, including Meals on Wheels, legal assistance, daycare center (for adults), health maintenance programs, home repair, nonemergency transportation, and fall-prevention surveys and construction.
Coulter reminded the audience that the annual enrollment period for Medicare was ending on February 15. He urged seniors to sign up for a Medicare Advantage program, and get a “wellness” exam free every year. He said that if you are on Medicare, you do not need to sign up for ACA (Obama Care).
Green spoke about veterans programs and help from his office. Anyone can contact him at 713-999-5879 or 713-330-0761 for assistance with VA or other problems.