Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Seniors should check to make sure they’re not spending more money than necessary on their Medicare plan before the current open enrollment period ends, Long Island-based experts say.Medicare open enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec 7, but because the issue of so complicated and there are many new changes, seniors would be wise to review their plans before the window closes.“I hope they at least check their plan and see if they have the right options,” said Gracemarie Horan-Luce, CEO of Port Jefferson-based Senior Health Plan Specialists, a company that guides seniors in New York, New Jersey, and Florida through the process. “My tag line is, ‘Are you Medicareless?’ Some people go in once and they don’t check. Some people spend a lot of money that they don’t have to.”Trained counselors are also offered for free by local government officials this time of year to assist Medicare enrollees in reviewing their coverage to make informed decisions.“People don’t realize how much they need us,” Horan-Luce said. “Whether you’re a kid or your a recipient — a person 65 and older — it’s very confusing and complex. It is a process that you have to plan for.“Your whole life, everyone’s chosen your insurance and now that your a senior … there’s 30 options — 10 supplements, 29 drug plans, and 30 managed cares,” she continued. “And a husband and wife are on separate plans, because you’re an individual now. … I know where to put you and guide you, but for someone it’s overwhelming not to be with your spouse that you’ve been married to for 50 years. But it goes by your health, so … if someone’s sick, the other doesn’t have to pay extra.”For more information, visit seniorhealthplanspecialists.com or contact the Nassau or Suffolk Office of the Aging to find out when a seminar is happening near you.
Russian hackers in a group known as Strontium are targeting sporting organisations and anti-doping authorities in the lead-up to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, according to Microsoft.Strontium, also known as Party Bear or APT28, often uses false Microsoft domains to execute their attacks. They use methods such as spear-phishing, in which they send fake emails that appear to be from a trusted source. Password spraying [attempting to use multiple common passwords to infiltrate accounts], exploiting weaknesses in firmware and the spreading of malware have also been employed.“Some of these attacks were successful, but the majority were not,” Microsoft said. “Microsoft has notified all customers targeted in these attacks and has worked with those who have sought our help to secure compromised accounts or systems.” Cyberattacks, spanning 16 organisations in three continents, began September 16 after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced its consideration of a ban on Russian athletes from all major sporting events, the BBC reported. The ban could include the 2020 Olympic Games and the 2022 World Cup.Russia was caught in 2016 operating a doping program that manipulated the urine samples of its athletes. Those samples showed positive evidence of performance-enhancing drugs simply disappeared under what a WADA report called the “Disappearing Positive Methodology.” President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, called the program an “unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games. After a three-year-long ban, Russia resubmitted new information about their athletes which the WADA found filled with inconsistencies.“There’s evidence this data has been deleted,” said Jonathan Taylor, chairman of WADA’s compliance panel.“This is hypothetical at the moment, but if the experts maintain their current view, then the compliance review committee will make a recommendation to send a notice to Rusada [the Russian Anti-Doping Agency] asserting ‘you’re non-compliant’ and proposing consequences.”Those consequences could include no participation in world championships, such as the Olympics, by Russian athletes. Russia also may not be allowed to host any major sporting events.“What exactly are these discrepancies and what are they related to?” asked Russia’s sports minister, Pavel Kolobkov. “Experts in digital technology from both sides are already in collaboration. For our part, we continue to provide all possible assistance.” Strontium’s previous hacking activities led to the indictment of seven people in 2018 for, among other things, “attempting to delegitimize the efforts of international anti-doping organizations and officials who had publicly exposed a Russian state-sponsored athlete doping program and to damage the reputations of athletes around the world by falsely claiming that such athletes were using banned or performance-enhancing drugs.”None of the accused were arrested.
Submitted by The City of LaceyLacey continues its tradition of kicking off the area’s Independence Day celebrations with the Lacey Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 3. The 15 minute display will be launched from William Bush Park, 4400 Chardonnay Drive NE in Lacey, beginning at 10:15 p.m.Bush Park will be closed to preserve a safe zone for the fireworks launch; the Spectacular will be visible to most residences located within 3/4 miles. Additionally, the public is invited to view the Spectacular from the Lacey Crossroads business area at Yelm Highway and College Street.Road access in the area will be limited during the event. Yelm Highway SE in the vicinity of Bush Park will be closed at 10:00 p.m., as will the entrance to the Lacey Crossroads and Lowe’s parking lots.At 10:15 p.m., College Street and Rainier Road near Yelm Highway will be closed for approximately one hour to ensure pedestrian safety and to allow fireworks traffic to exit the area following the show. Detour routes for through traffic will be established using 66th Avenue SE, Ruddell Road SE, Mullen Road SE, 37th Avenue SE, and Wiggins Road SE.More information regarding the Lacey Firework Spectacular and planned road closures is available on the city’s official website . Facebook1Tweet0Pin0