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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Deadline is December 7

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Deadline is December 7
APPRISE Medicare Counselors will Provide Free Help

People with Medicare have until December 7th to change their current Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plan. They can get free, personalized help from APPRISE Medicare counselors who are highly trained to provide expert advice.

The Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period starts October 15 and ends December 7, 2014. Both Part D and Medicare Advantage plan members can make plan changes at this time.

Starting January 1, and until February 14, 2015, people with Medicare Advantage plans will only be able to return to Original Medicare and join a stand-alone prescription drug (Part D) plan. They will not be able to switch to another Advantage plan.

“Medicare’s annual enrollment period ends soon. We encourage Medicare beneficiaries to call for an appointment as soon as possible,’ emphasized Darlene Sampson, APPRISE Director at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, “Your plan may have changed. APPRISE counselors can check to be sure your plan will still cover your prescription drugs and will be accepted by your doctor. They will also check to see if you qualify for a cost-savings programs.”

Potter County Events with open appointments available:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Galeton Senior Center
Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m.– Potter County Human Services
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Ulysses Senior Center
Friday, November 21, 2014, 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. – Potter County Human Services

The Enrollment Events are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for Potter County residents. Limited appointments are available. To make an appointment please call the Potter County APPRISE Program at 1-800-800-2560.

Potter County APPRISE Program is a local affiliate of APPRISE, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the designated State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) in Pennsylvania. 54 SHIPs in the US and its territories receive grant funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide direct, local assistance to Medicare beneficiaries through one-on-one, counseling sessions, presentations, and public education programs. APPRISE is funded in part by a grant through the Administration for Community Living.

APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained to answer your questions and provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance (also known as Medigap), Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance. Call our statewide toll free line at 1-800-783-7067 to connect with a counselor in your area. Or, for more information, call Potter County APPRISE Program at 1-800-800-2560.

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