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BWICA

Brooklyn-wide Interagency Council on Aging

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Grassroots organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of seniors in Brooklyn.

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS 

NEW MEDICARE CARD SCAM

Currently fraudsters are still calling beneficiaries falsely claiming that Medicare is issuing new Medicare cards for different reasons. What is important to know is that Medicare will not call beneficiaries to offer them new Medicare cards and request that they confirm their Medicare number.

Some examples of what scammers are offering are: 

  • Plastic Medicare Card

  • Plastic Medicare Card with a chip in it

  • Medicare Card with Covid-19 vaccination 

  • Medicare Card that is black and white

  • Medicare Card with Primary Doctors name on it

If you, or someone you know, is receiving these calls, please calls the NYS Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at 1-800-333-4374.

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BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR FAKE COVID-19 TEST SITES AND AT-HOME TEST KITS

  • Scammers are selling fake, unauthorized at-home COVID-19 test kits and setting up fraudulent test sites in an effort to get your personal, financial, or medical information. 

  • Make sure to purchase FDA-approved COVID-19 test kits from legitimate providers. If you aren't sure if a kit is legitimate, contact your doctor or local pharmacy to confirm.

  • Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites. 

If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, call the NYS Senior Medicare Patrol at 800-333-4374. 

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT? Look No Further! Join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program!

 

Are you searching for a rewarding volunteer assignment to which you can lend some of your time, skills, and talents? If so, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is here! Hosted in New York City, by the Community Service Society of New York, RSVP helps older adults aged 55 and older find meaningful volunteer opportunities (both remote and in-person) across the city. 

 

Our volunteers currently serve in many capacities such as mentoring children or teens; tutoring middle schoolers who need academic skill-building and homework assistance or adults preparing for TASC/GED exams or who want to learn English as a second language; providing financial coaching and benefits counseling to low-income New Yorkers; and making friendly visiting phone calls to isolated seniors, delivering meals to older adults, assisting at soup kitchens and food pantries, working with animals, and much more! 

 

Start your search today by sending an email to:

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION LAUNCHES THE AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM

COVID-19 FUNERAL ASSISTANCE

  • FEMA hotline for families to apply for funeral assistance:  844-684-6333

  • Click HERE for more information including eligibility and how to apply.

  • Watch VIDEO: Providing Financial Assistance for        COVID-19-Related Funeral Expenses

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BWICA 

Brooklyn-wide Interagency Council on Aging

5901 13th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219-4935

www.brooklynseniors.org

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