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Medicare Check-Up Day scheduled at South Point library

Nov. 22, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

SOUTH POINT -- Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to schedule a free session to learn about their options during the Medicare Annual Coordinated Election Period.

Medicare Check-Up Day is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Southern Branch of the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, located at 317 Solida Road in South Point. The Area Agency on Aging District 7, which covers 10 counties in southern Ohio, including Lawrence, encourages Medicare beneficiaries to attend this important and helpful event, according to a news release.

The free event is made possible by the Ohio Department of Insurance's Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), which is traveling the state to help Ohioans, family members and caregivers understand the different Medicare coverage options and available financial assistance, and to provide assistance with plan selection. Medicare's Annual Coordinated Election Period began on Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can evaluate their current coverage and make the determination on whether they should switch to a plan that will better support their needs.

Attending the event in South Point on Nov. 27 will also provide individuals with tips on how to enroll for 2013 coverage in a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and/or a Medicare health plan. Beneficiaries may qualify to save an average of $3,900 on prescription drug costs and OSHIIP representatives will be on hand to help determine the qualification requirements for individuals.

Those who wish to attend are asked to bring a list of their prescription drugs, dosages and preferred pharmacy, as well as any information on pension, VA or other medical care benefits they are receiving for help in comparing plans for 2013.

The event is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call the Area Agency on Aging District 7 toll-free at 1-800-582-7277, extension 250.

Those with Medicare questions can also call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. A complete listing of available Part D and Medicare Advantage plans is available at www.medicare.gov.

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