New Health-Related Information for School-Age Children and Senior Citizens
8/4/2017
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New Health-Related Information
for School-Age Children and Senior Citizens

New Immunization Requirements for PA Schools this Fall
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has revised Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

The new standards require parents to have their children fully immunized prior to the fifth day of school or the students will not be permitted to attend school. As you might know, this is a significant change from the previous requirement of eight months to meet school immunization requirements. The reform is being put in place for reasons of public health and in the interest of fairness to all children in a school setting.

If a student is in the middle of an immunization series and it is too soon for the next dose, the parents must provide the school nurse with a written plan, signed by their health care provider, within the first five days of school.

For more information, contact your health care provider, visit health.pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

New Medicare Cards will be Issued
 
Looking ahead: from April 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2019, Medicare will mail out new Medicare cards. A key change, for identity protection purposes, will be that the cards no longer will have Social Security numbers on them. The new card identification number will be a random mix of numbers and letters as a way to protect a cardholder’s identity.

I draw this upcoming new issuance to your attention in part to warn about scams taking place even now. To avoid a con, please take note that:

• The card will automatically come in the mail and is ready to use right away;
there is no activation fee that must be paid.

• A current cardholder does not have to take any action to receive the new card;
do not provide or confirm your personal information with anyone claiming a
need to know your private information in order to issue a new Medicare card to you.

• The new card does not cost anything, so do not pay any type of fees to anyone
to purchase what is supposedly your new Medicare card.

• Representatives from Medicare do not call you or come to your home. Do not respond to anyone who calls and tries to collect fees for the card and/or attempts to confirm your personal information.

As a current cardholder, your benefits will stay the same, with no changes to coverage. The only difference will be the cardholder ID number, which is being instituted to guard against identity theft.

For more information, call the PA-Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-800-356-3606. The assistance is free and confidential.


I hope you find this information helpful for your awareness and planning purposes!
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