Apprise & Link Programs

Apprise Program

Helping You With Your Medicare Questions

APPRISE is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for all Medicare Beneficiaries in Pennsylvania. APPRISE counselors are specially trained volunteers. They can answer your questions about Medicare, Medigap (Supplement Insurance), Medicare Advantage plans, and prescription drug benefits. APPRISE counselors have direct access to state and federal Medicare resources. They can:

  • Help you understand your Medicare benefits by explaining which services are covered under Parts A and B and your Medicare Summary Notice.
  • Help you make informed choices about Medicare coverage options.
  • Help you understand the Medicare appeals process and assist with appeals paperwork.
  • Explain financial assistance programs that may be available to assist in paying for your Medicare premiums, deductibles and coinsurance, as well as your prescription drug needs.
  • Explain the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
  • Make presentations on Medicare to your organization.

APPRISE volunteers receive free training. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to learn how to unravel the mysteries of Medicare. To find out more call 800-783-7067 and ask for the APPRISE program in your area.

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Link Program - Linking You to Aging & Disability Resources

Mission Statement

Improve access to long-term care through an integrated network of partners committed to expanding the use of community-based solutions, promote decision making suggested by the consumer, and improve the efficiency and quality of services.

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The Link in Pennsylvania to Resources in Aging & Disability

Pennsylvania has established 52 links covering all 67 counties to improve access to the supports and resources for long-term care through a network of local partners committed to expanding the use of community-based solutions, to promote decision making suggested by the consumer, and improving the quality of services regardless of age, physical or developmental disability or ability to pay.

Through collaborations with the LINKS of Pennsylvania, the associated agencies are assisting people in a more effective and efficient way to navigate a complex system of federal, state and local, offering more local support options for housing in communities decreasing the fragmentation, duplication and inconsistencies, responding to a wide spectrum of needs of the elderly and adults with disabilities while promoting better health through lowered cost of Link cross training and exchange of information.

How Link Can Assist You & Your Family

  • Assist consumers with forms that determine the eligibility of funding.
  • Easily connect consumers to local support services or through any agency.
  • Explore the options available to ensure a safe plan for independence.
  • Help consumers stay in or return to their communities because of a disability, illness or an accident or to help with the transition from an institution to the community.

To learn more about the Luzerne / Wyoming Link, call the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resource Center toll-free at 866-286-3636.

Luzerne / Wyoming Core Partners

Allied In-Home Services
100 Abington Executive Park
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Phone: 800-242-1883 or 570-348-2210

Anthracite Region Center for Independent Living
8 W Broad Street
Markle Building, Suite 228
Hazleton, PA 18201
Phone: 800-777-9906
V/TTY: 570-455-9800

Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne-Wyoming Counties
111 N Pennsylvania Boulevard
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Phone: 1-800-252-1512 or 570-822-1158

Northeast PA Center for Independent Living
1142 Sanderson Avenue
Suite 1
Scranton, PA 18509-2623
Phone: 1-800-344-7211 or 570-344-7211