NCOA: There’s still time to email your Senators to stop senseless budget cuts.
The Senate is voting this week on a bill to delay the sequester—the drastic, automatic federal budget cuts that are set to take effect March 1.
These cuts would have a devastating impact on programs we care about—including meals, transportation, heating assistance, and others that help our seniors stay healthy, secure, and independent.
Email your Senators NOW to stop these cuts.
Tell your Senators to stop the sequester and pass a balanced approach to reducing the federal budget deficit that does not harm seniors.
To make your message stand out, please include a personal story of how these cuts would affect seniors in your community.
Thanks for your support.
NCOA Public Policy & Advocacy
The Wisconsin Council of Churches is partnering with the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups (CWAG) to help seniors in congregations control rising health care costs by helping to fight Medicare fraud.
The Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), overseen by CWAG, provides resources to Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and the professionals who serve them throughout the state to prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse.
The Wisconsin Council of Churches and CWAG want seniors to be trained to detect Medicare fraud and help keep our health care costs under control. For more information about how to get involved, or to secure a speaker to come and address your seniors group, please check out the Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol website at www.wisconsinsmp.org or call Judy Steinke Wisconsin SMP Volunteer Coordinator at 800.488.2596 ext. 342.
Learn how you can do your part to help prevent fraud and abuse by becoming a volunteer: www.wisconsinsmp.org/volunteer-with-wisconsin-smp/
Holin Kennen, one of the Dane County Benefit Specialists at CWAG helped a woman save over $15,000 by checking her Part D drug plan options. Read the full story here…
Missed the Event? You can watch it here thanks to Wisconsin Eye!
Thursday November 8, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM CST
Please join CWAG, coalition members from the Wisconsin aging and disability networks, public and elected officials, along with community, labor and business leaders throughout Wisconsin; in recognizing U.S. Senator Herb Kohl for his 24 years of service and leadership in the United States Senate.
CWAG Fall 2012 District Spring Meetings – Save the Date
Save the Date! We are planning district meetings. Check back often for updated information. For more information: call the CWAG office at (800)366-2990 or in Madison at (608)224-0606.
||Monday, November 19, 2012
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Renaissance, 1500 Pepper Ave., Wisconsin Rapids
Agenda & Registration
The 35th Annual CWAG statewide convention was a huge success this year. Everyone raved about the wonderful speakers this year. On Thursday, we had a day focusing on Wisconsin’s Political Future and on Friday, the day was spent discussing Protecting & Empowering Seniors.
Thank you to Wisconsin Eye for filming the speakers at our convention!
Don’t miss the great line up of speakers at this years convention.
July 26 & 27, 2012 in Stevens Point, WI
Make your reservations today!
Updated 2012 Convention Agenda
MADISON—The Board on Aging and Long Term Care has launched its Medigap Part D and Prescription Drug Helpline. Counselors are available to assist callers age 60 and over who have questions related to prescription drug insurance, including Medicare Part D and SeniorCare. Counselors will also aid callers in exploring other coverage options for prescription drugs.
The Medigap Part D and Prescription Drug Helpline can be reached at:
1 – 855 – 67 PART D (1 – 855 – 677 – 2783)
For other questions about Medicare and other insurance, please call our Medigap Helpline at:
The Helpline’s normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
The state is inviting the public to comment on possible changes to the popular SeniorCare program.
Three public hearings are scheduled across the state starting next week in advance of the state Department of Health Services submitting a request to the federal government to renew the program.
The hearings are June 28 in Stevens Point, June 29 in Waukesha and July 13 in Hudson. Comments can also be submitted to DHS through its website.
In the Wisconsin State Journal this week, legislators Tim Cullen and Dale Schultz joined efforts to express their opinions on bipartisanship. Following the recall elections, we share the concern that people may view the results as a finish line, that somehow the political rancor in Wisconsin will abruptly cease and we’ll all just happily move on. We wish we could say we believed that. Read more…