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Resources for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program

Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is providing an Extra Help subsidy for qualified individuals who are eligible for Medicare. This Extra Help subsidy is designed to help individuals pay for some of the costs associated with the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. To find out more information about the Extra Help subsidy, contact SSA at the 800-772-1213 or on-line www.socialsecurity.gov

Social Security Administration Offices in the State of Nebraska
Questions about the Extra Help subsidy may also be directed to local SSA offices in Nebraska. Simply locate the name of your county in the list below and contact the corresponding office.

City SSA Office
Beatrice 2630 Eastside Blvd., Beatrice NE 68310
402-223-2614
Manager: Doris Saathoff
Outreach Coordinator: Lisa Kahout
Counties Served: Filmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, Thayer

Council Bluffs 1026 Woodbury Ave., Council Bluffs IA 51503
712-328-0885
Manager: Marsha Bartholomew
Outreach Coordinator: Marsha Bartholomew
Counties Served: Freemont, Harrison, Mills, Pottawattamie

Grand Island 115 N. Webb Rd., Suite 1, Grand Island NE 68801
308-385-6449
Manager: Mary Miller
Outreach Coordinator: Nancy Brosz
Counties Served: Adam, Buffalo, Clay, Franklin, Garfield, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Howard, Kearney, Merrick, Nuckolls, Phelps, Polk, Sherman, Valley, Webster, Wheeler

Lincoln 100 Centennial Mall, N. Fed. Off. Bldg., Rm 191, Lincoln NE 68508
402-437-5409
Manager: Dave Bensley
Outreach Coordinator: Judy Franklin
Counties Served: Butler, Cass, Lancaster, Otoe, Saunders, Seward, York

Norfolk 208 N. 5th St., Suite A, Norfolk NE 68701
402-371-1598
Manager: Steve Heineman
Outreach Coordinator: Steve Heineman
Counties Served: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Holt, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Stanton, Wayne

North Platte P.O. Box 1127, 300 E. Third St., Rm 204, North Platte NE 69103
308-532-4477
Manager: Kristine Warren
Outreach Coordinator: Kristine Warren
Counties Served: Arthur, Blaine, Brown, Chase, Cherry, Custer, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Grant, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Keya Paha, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, Rock, Thomas

Omaha 7100 W. Center Rd., Suite 200, Omaha NE 68106
402-392-0131
Manager: Tonya Freeman
Outreach Coordinator: John Ridenour
Counties Served: Burt, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Washington

Scottsbluff 1937 Avenue A, Scottsbluff NE 69363-2298
308-635-1200
Manager: Larry Heitman
Outreach Coordinator: Grace Kelley
Counties Served: Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) can assist individuals in understanding information about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. If you have specific questions about the program, this may be a good first step to learn more.

Website: www.cms.hhs.gov/partnerships/
www.medicare.gov
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
TTY 1-877-486-2048

Online Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Plan Analysis Tool: Available in October 2005 at www.medicare.gov

Medicare Ombudsman Daniel J. Schreiner
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
7500 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
410-786-0630

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the State of Nebraska
To contact the Regional CMS office, you may wish to direct your questions to:

Region VII Office Richard Bolling
Federal Bldg, Rm 235
601 East 12th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
816-426-5233

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
You may wish to contact the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) if you need help with:
• applying for the Extra Help subsidy from the Social Security Administration
• finding answers to questions about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program
• deciding which Prescription Drug Plan may be best for you or
• having a volunteer come to speak to a group of individuals about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program.
Phone : 800-234-7119

Health and Human Services
To learn more information about how prescription drugs will work for people with Medicaid, you may contact the Office of Economic and Family Support at:

Office of Economic and Family Support, Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 95044, NSOB, 4th Floor, Lincoln NE 68590
Director: George Kahlandt
1-800-685-5456

Nebraska Area Agencies on Aging
The Nebraska Area Agencies on Aging are part of a statewide coalition that is committed to acting as a credible source of information about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. As part of the coalition, these agencies are also acting to assist individuals in enrolling in a prescription drug plan that will best fit their needs.

City NAAA Office
Beatrice Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging
1901 Court Street, Beatrice NE 68310
402-223-1352 / 1-800-659-3978
Director: Larry Ossowski
Counties Served: Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Thayer

Hastings Midland Agency on Aging
P.O. Box 905, Hastings NE 68902
402-463-4564 / 1-800-955-9714
Director: Dick Bauer
Counties Served: Adams, Clay, Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Merrick,
Nuckolls, Webster

Kearney South Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging
Suttle Plaza, 4623 2nd Ave., Suite 4, P.O. Box 3009
Kearney NE 68848
308-234-1851 / 1-800-658-4320
Director: Rod Horsely
Counties Served: Blaine, Buffalo, Custer, Franklin, Furnas, Garfield,
Greeley, Harlan, Kearney, Loup, Phelps, Sherman, Valley, Wheeler

Lincoln Lincoln Area Agency on Aging
1001 O St., Suite 101 Lincoln NE 68508
402-441-7022 / 1-800-247-0938
Director: June Pederson
Counties Served: Butler, Fillmore, Lancaster, Polk, Saline, Saunders,
Seward, York

Norfolk Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging
P.O. Box 1447, 119 Norfolk Ave., Norfolk NE 68702
402-370-3454 / 1-800-672-8368
Director: Connie Cooper
Counties Served: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne

North Platte West Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging
115 N. Vine, North Platte NE 69101
308-535-8195 / 1-800-662-3902
Director: Linda Foreman
Counties Served: Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Gosper, Grant, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, Thomas

Omaha Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging
4223 Center St., Omaha NE 68105
402-444-6444 / 402-721-7770 (Washington/Dodge counties) /
1-888-554-2711
Director: Beverly Griffith
Counties Served: Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Washington

Scottsbluff Aging Office of Western Nebraska
Bluffs Business Center, 1517 Broadway, Suite 122
Scottsbluff NE 69361
308-635-0851 / 1-800-682-5140
Director: Victor Walker
Counties Served: Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux

AARP
The AARP a national organization that serves individuals as they age. As part of the mission of the agency, the AARP is working to educate people about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. To learn more information about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program, individuals may wish to contact the AARP at: www.aarp.org/health/medicare/

The AARP in Nebraska is also part of the statewide coalition that is working to educate individuals about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. The contact information for Nebraska’s AARP is:
301 South 13th Street
Suite 201
Lincoln, NE 68508
Telephone: 1-866-389-5651 (toll-free)
Fax: (402) 323-6908 or 6913
Email: neaarp@aarp.org
Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Answers 4 Families
Answers 4 Families is also part of Nebraska’s statewide coalition in educating individuals about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. To learn more about local educational events, you may wish to contact Answers 4 Families at:

Center on Children, Families, and the Law
121 S. 13th Street, Suite. 302, Lincoln, NE 68588
402-472-0844 / 1-800-746-8420
Website www.answers4families.org

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