June 2024 News

More Changes Coming to Branches in June

As mentioned in our April newsletter, Bellco has been busy relocating select locations to provide more convenience for an expanding member base. We’re also opening new branches across Colorado, which will include expanding to more locations in and outside the Denver metro area.

On our schedule for June is the relocation of our Aurora City Place Branch to the newly built Buckley Branch, located near the intersection of E Alameda Parkway and S Airport Blvd. The last day of business for Aurora City Place will be Saturday, June 15.

Beginning Monday, June 17, our new standalone Buckley Branch (pictured above) will open its doors to members in the Aurora area with the same friendly staff you’ve come to know and trust. Some of the features of the new branch will include a drive-up teller lane, drive-up ATM, and ample dedicated parking. In July, we will be holding a Relocation Celebration with treats, prizes, giveaways, and special offers. Read more about the celebration in next month’s newsletter!

In the upcoming months, we’ll be relocating our Castle Rock Branch to a new roomier location with upgrades that include a drive-up ATM, drive-up teller, ample parking and more. To stay up-to-date on all the relocations and new branch openings, visit our Branch Updates page.

Where to Enjoy Free Outdoor Family Movies

What better way is there to relax than to grab your blanket, a few refreshments, and your family to watch a good movie under the stars? Luckily, many Colorado towns are launching their summer “movies in the park” seasons, so you can start gearing up for some great family fun. Here are just a few of the places you can visit:

  • Aurora Park Lights & Movie Nights: June 4, 5, and 13 (location varies). Movies start at 6:00 pm, and you’re welcome to come claim a spot as early as 5:15 pm. In date order, the movies to be shown are Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and Barbie. Be sure to check out the site for locations, safety rules, and other information.
  • Westminster Movies in the Park: June 14, July 12, August 23, and September 13 (location varies). This summer’s lineup (in order) is Minions: The Rise of Gru, Wish, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and Migration. Live music, preshow activities, and food concessions start at 7:00 pm.
  • Golden Movies & Music in the Park: July 2, August 5, and September 6, Parfet Park (10th Street and Washington Ave.). This summer’s lineup is Shrek, Elemental, and Barbie. Each movie is preceded by live music from local artists. Be sure to check out the site for park rules.
  • Greeley Moonlight Movies: June 3, July 1, and August 5, Lincoln Park (651 10th Ave.). Featured films are Jungle Cruise, Trolls Band Together, and Marvels. All films begin at dusk.
  • Outdoor Movie Series Central Park Denver: June 7 and 21 and July 5 and 19, South Green (29th Ave. and Roslyn St.). A concessions stand will sell snacks and nonalcoholic beverages, with proceeds benefitting a local nonprofit. This summer’s movie lineup is The Super Mario Bros. Movie, The Color Purple (2023), Barbie, and Elemental.
  • Stanley’s Film on the Field: On the last Saturday of each month through September, Stanley Marketplace, Aurora. All films begin at dusk, and you can bring your own or stop by any of Stanley Marketplace’s restaurants or bars for drinks and snacks beforehand. Upcoming movies include Wakanda Forever, Hunger Games: Battle of Songbirds and Snakes, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, and A Million Miles Away.
  • Sunset Cinema at Denver Center for the Performing Arts: June 25, July 9 and 23, and August 6 and 20, DCPA, just outside of the Galleria next to Boettcher Concert Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the films start at 7:30 pm; various food trucks will be available to purchase snacks. Seating is first come, first served and the films are free, but you need to register on Eventbrite beforehand (see the site for more info). This summer’s films are Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Triplets of Belleville, The Incredibles, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

And that’s just scratching the surface of the free family movie nights in Colorado! If your town doesn’t host one, odds are, a nearby location does. So get out there with your family and take in a movie or two this summer.

Going Contactless with Mobile Wallets

So, what are mobile wallets and how are they beneficial? Mobile wallets are typically used for purchases on smartphones and wearable devices.  They connect to your credit card(s) and debit card(s) and allow you to pay for purchases without the need of a physical card.

Using your debit and credit cards from a mobile wallet provides you with added layers of protection from fraud such as tokenizing your card number and encrypting the transaction. It also prevents fraudsters who install skimmers on gas pumps from stealing your credit/debit card information. Additionally, using your mobile wallet means you don’t have to take a physical card out, which reduces the risk of your card being lost or stolen.

Mobile wallets like the Apple Wallet and Google Wallet can also be a real advantage when you need to keep certain documents handy. For example, you can store and quickly access airline boarding passes, student IDs, coupons, concert tickets, and more.

Apple Pay™, Google Pay™, and Samsung Pay® are three of the most popular contactless, digital ways to pay for in-store and online purchases.

If you haven’t already made the switch from physical cards to a contactless mobile wallet, it’s easier to do than you think. Select the button below to learn how easy setting up your mobile wallet can be.

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5 Easy Steps to Enrolling in Medicare

By MedicareCU

If you are turning 65 soon, it’s time to enroll in Medicare. MedicareCU has insurance agents that can help you enroll with five easy steps.

Step 1: Call Your Credit Union Medicare Agent

The only step you’ll need to make on your own is calling MedicareCU, who will help you better understand the options you have based on your specific needs. They will also coach you through signing up for Medicare so you are covered correctly. Medicare can be very confusing and now you have a trusted source for information and help.

Step 2: Knowing When You Can Enroll

Your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) is your first chance to sign up for Medicare. It begins three months before you turn 65, includes your 65th birthday month, and lasts three more months after your birthday month. So, you have a total of seven months to enroll in Medicare. We recommend enrolling during the first three months of your IEP as coverage may be delayed if you enroll during your birthday month or later.

Step 3: Learn about Original Medicare

Original Medicare, provided by the federal government, is made up of Parts A and B:

Medicare Part A helps cover inpatient care in a hospital or a skilled nursing facility. Most people get Part A without having to pay a monthly premium. People who do pay a premium may pay up to $506 per month in 2023.

Medicare Part B helps cover outpatient care like doctor visits and preventive screenings. Your Part B premium is based on when you enrolled in Medicare and on your income. The amount ranges from $164.90 up to $560.00 per month in 2023. Other out-of-pocket costs with Original Medicare may include deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance.

Step 4: Learn about Private Medicare Plans & Medicare Supplement Insurance

Medicare contracts with private insurance companies to offer more coverage choices to beneficiaries.

Medicare Advantage (Part C) is an alternative to Original Medicare. Plans must provide the same coverage as Parts A and B. Many plans also offer additional benefits, like coverage for prescription drugs and dental, hearing, and vision care, all in one plan.

Medicare Part D helps pay for prescription drugs. This coverage is not included with Original Medicare. You can add drug coverage through a standalone Part D prescription drug plan or you may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan with drug coverage included.

You may have many private Medicare plans to choose from, depending on where you live. Coverage, premiums, and out-of-pocket costs may differ from plan to plan. It’s important to shop around if you want coverage beyond what Original Medicare provides.

Medicare supplement insurance plans (Medigap) help cover some out-of-pocket costs that Original Medicare (Parts A and B) doesn’t pay. Plan availability may vary from state to state. You must be enrolled in both Part A and Part B before you can join a private Medicare plan or a Medicare supplement insurance plan.

Step 5: Decide and Enroll

You’ll be automatically enrolled in Original Medicare (Parts A and B) if you are getting Social Security benefits when you turn 65. You’ll receive your Medicare card in the mail several months before your birthday. Otherwise, you may enroll yourself at your local Social Security office or at Medicare.gov. Certain late enrollment penalties may apply if you miss or delay enrolling during your IEP.

You might consider enrolling in just Part B if you are working past age 65 and have employer coverage. Your employer plan must meet certain requirements to be “creditable.” Talk with your benefits manager about how your employer plan might work with Medicare.

You also have other choices if you enroll in both Part A and Part B. You can:

  • Add a Part D prescription drug plan to Original Medicare
  • Add a Medicare supplement insurance plan to Original Medicare
  • Join a Medicare Advantage plan (Part C)

Enrolling in Medicare is a big change in your life and you may feel overwhelmed with information and choices. Remember, MedicareCU can help you navigate your plan options and get you the right plan! You can contact MedicareCU for more information and to schedule a no-cost consultation at agent@medicarecu.com or by calling or texting 720-605-3134. You can also schedule an appointment or shop plans on your own by selecting one of the buttons below.

By contacting MedicareCU, you will be scheduled to speak with a licensed insurance agent for Medicare assistance. This service is not affiliated with any government agency. You will not be charged for this information, no cost no obligation, Information provided by MedicareCU. By sending an email or calling MedicareCU, you may be contacted by a licensed insurance agent to discuss Medicare.