North Star Newsletter: The Right Medicare Plan for Every Senior

Senator Al Franken
2012-11-14 13:12:20
North Star Newsletter | November 2012 The Right Medicare Plan for Every Senior More than half a million seniors all over Minnesota depend on Medicare and Medicare Advantage for their health care, and it's important that they have access to the plan that best meets their needs. Right now, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to switch their plans and make sure that the plan they are enrolled in is the best one available. The Medicare open enrollment period is the only time you can change plans, and this year, it lasts until December 7. If you're eligible for Medicare, you should already have received your Medicare and You handbook this year. If you believe you should have gotten one and you haven't, you can download one electronically here, from www.medicare.gov, or get another one mailed to you by calling 1-800-MEDICARE. And of course, if you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to call my office at 651-221-1016. Protecting the Safety Net for Minnesota's Farm Economy Last month, I visited Kevin and Julie Paap's farm in Blue Earth County and Doug and Elly Peterson's farm in Lac qui Parle County. Kevin is the President of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, and Doug is the President of the Minnesota Farmers Union, so they're pretty good guys to talk to when you want to know what Minnesota's farmers are thinking. They both told me the same thing I’ve been hearing from farmers all over the state: we need a new farm bill that will give farmers the stability they need to plan for next year. The Senate has passed a strong, bipartisan farm bill that includes provisions I wrote to expand rural energy programs and help beginning farmers get started. The Senate bill also includes a strong safety net – in the form of crop insurance subsidies – so our farmers can stay in business when a bad year hits. The House of Representatives needs to get to work on the farm bill so Minnesota’s farmers can get to work planning for next spring. Pheasant Hunting with Congressman Peterson Hunting is a family tradition for millions of Minnesotans, and it’s a great way to enjoy Minnesota's natural beauty. This fall, for the second time, I was lucky enough to be invited to go pheasant hunting with Congressman Collin Peterson at the 10th Annual Montevideo Goose and Pheasant Hunt. We managed to bag a few birds and, while we hunted, we talked about how important it is that we preserve our state's hunting lands so that future generations can enjoy them. I have to admit, I'm not the best shot in the world – or even in our congressional delegation – but I always have a great time with Collin and the rest of the hunters. I'm looking forward to getting out there again next fall. Providing Job Opportunities for Our Nation's Veterans This week, people all over Minnesota once again celebrated Veterans Day, a time to thank the millions of Americans who have fought for our country, and to remember those who gave their lives to keep us safe. It's also a chance to talk about what we can do to help our veterans when they've completed their service to our country. Sadly, Minnesota's unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans is much higher than it should be. That's why I worked with my colleagues to pass the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which provides significant tax credits to employers who put our veterans back to work. That's also why I've been fighting for legislation to create a Veterans Job Corps, which would put our veterans to work using the skills they’ve learned in the military. Our veterans deserve to come home to a job, and I’m going to keep working to make sure they have that opportunity. To unsubscribe from these newsletters, please visit the unsubscribe page here: franken.senate.gov/

North Star Newsletter | November 2012

More than half a million seniors all over Minnesota depend on Medicare and Medicare Advantage for their health care, and it's important that they have access to the plan that best meets their needs. Right now, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to switch their plans and make sure that the plan they are enrolled in is the best one available.

The Medicare open enrollment period is the only time you can change plans, and this year, it lasts until December 7. If you're eligible for Medicare, you should already have received your Medicare and You handbook this year. If you believe you should have gotten one and you haven't, you can download one electronically here,"from www.medicare.gov,"or get another one mailed to you by calling 1-800-MEDICARE. And of course, if you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to call my office at 651-221-1016.

Last month, I visited Kevin and Julie Paap's farm in Blue Earth County and Doug and Elly Peterson's farm in Lac qui Parle County. Kevin is the President of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, and Doug is the President of the Minnesota Farmers Union, so they're pretty good guys to talk to when you want to know what Minnesota's farmers are thinking. They both told me the same thing I’ve been hearing from farmers all over the state: we need a new farm bill that will give farmers the stability they need to plan for next year.

The Senate has passed a strong, bipartisan farm bill that includes provisions I wrote to expand rural energy programs and help beginning farmers get started. The Senate bill also includes a strong safety net – in the form of crop insurance subsidies – so our farmers can stay in business when a bad year hits. The House of Representatives needs to get to work on the farm bill so Minnesota’s farmers can get to work planning for next spring.

Hunting is a family tradition for millions of Minnesotans, and it’s a great way to enjoy Minnesota's natural beauty. This fall, for the second time, I was lucky enough to be invited to go pheasant hunting with Congressman Collin Peterson at the 10th Annual Montevideo Goose and Pheasant Hunt. We managed to bag a few birds and, while we hunted, we talked about how important it is that we preserve our state's hunting lands so that future generations can enjoy them.

I have to admit, I'm not the best shot in the world – or even in our congressional delegation – but I always have a great time with Collin and the rest of the hunters. I'm looking forward to getting out there again next fall.

This week, people all over Minnesota once again celebrated Veterans Day, a time to thank the millions of Americans who have fought for our country, and to remember those who gave their lives to keep us safe. It's also a chance to talk about what we can do to help our veterans when they've completed their service to our country.

Sadly, Minnesota's unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans is much higher than it should be. That's why I worked with my colleagues to pass the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which provides significant tax credits to employers who put our veterans back to work. That's also why I've been fighting for legislation to create a Veterans Job Corps, which would put our veterans to work using the skills they’ve learned in the military. Our veterans deserve to come home to a job, and I’m going to keep working to make sure they have that opportunity.

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