THE VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

My dad once told me “good things come to those that work.” I realize that the conventional saying as most know it, ended in “wait.” But, my dad was far from conventional. He rarely waited for anything to happen. He would find out how to make it happen. With this thought in mind, I am very thankful for the hard work and diligence of the Wayne Township Representative Payee Program Staff. They have worked their way through the Medicare D problem on behalf of our clients, and once again proved our dedication to serving them. The “good thing” of course is solving their problem before it happened.

The Wayne Township Trustee’s Office is endeavored to assist the residents of Wayne Township providing that they meet the criteria of the Township standards.

The Payee Program is one of many programs offered for Wayne Township residents that are recipients of Social Security and who need assistance with budgeting and Medicare or Medicaid issues pertaining to Medicare Part D.

As many people know by now, this calendar year has brought many changes to the Medicare program. This change has also resulted in modifications in Medicaid insurance as well. The phrase “Medicare Part D” has often been associated with confusion and frustration. Each person seems to have a different type of coverage.

Numerous participants of the Payee Program are insured by Medicare, Medicaid, or even both. The Social Security Administration has appointed Wayne Township Trustee Office to manage these people’s benefits. This means being aware of future expenses and preparing accordingly. So how does one factor in medical expenses when everyone seems to have different coverage plans?

A great deal of research has been done to keep up with the changes on medical plans. Through this research we have learned many things. One of the most important things learned is putting faith in others. Doctors and pharmacists around the nation are new to these programs too. And they have worked diligently to keep up with the changes made. And we have found them to be excellent resources when our knowledge cannot answer the question. Other resources that have been of great benefit are the Medicare and Medicaid offices and websites.

The ultimate goal is to make sure that medical attention is given when it is necessary. Medication should be available and affordable to those who need it. It can be equally as important as shelter or food. So when an individual comes in with a prescription, we know that it can be filled. We would never presume to know everything about these new changes. But with constant research and the resources around us, a solution can be found.

As of this month, the Wayne Township Trustee’s Office Payee Program has 96 families participating. This is the highest number of participants we have ever had. The program is continuing to grow each year. Our goal however will remain the same. To ensure that the beneficiary’s day-to-day needs for food and shelter are met. Benefits are then used for the beneficiary’s personal needs, such as clothing, recreation and other expenses. Benefits can then be used to pay for medical needs and dental care that are not covered by the beneficiary’s health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or supplied by an institution where he or she resides. Or, it may be saved on his or her behalf. Staff is available weekdays during business hours via phone or in person for emergencies and consultations.

To qualify, participants must be beneficiaries of some type of Social Security, at least 18 years old, a resident of Wayne Township and deemed by a physician unable to manage their financial affairs. Clients do NOT have to be recipients of Township assistance. For more information, please contact Deputy Director of Accounting & Finance William Carr at (260) 449-7000, ext. 319.

I am very thankful for my parents. Easter Sunday will mark eleven years since my dad has been gone, but the things that he taught me will always be with me. Wayne Township is an unconventional Township these days. We do many things that have established us as not just a model Township Office, but a model Government Office. It pays to listen; we have made this office what it is by listening to you and your needs. Our thanks to you for sharing with us how to serve you better.

The Waynedale News Staff

Matthew Schomburg

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