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Medicare Check-Up Days are almost here

Oct. 18, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Are you a Medicare beneficiary? Want to find out more information about how the Medicare Annual Coordinated Election Period can work for you? Want to stay informed and healthy and save money? If so, then mark your calendar for a Medicare Check-Up Day.

The free event is made possible by the Ohio Department of Insurance's Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), which travels the state each fall 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 starts 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.

Those on Medicare are strongly encouraged to attend the session, which will provide helpful information and assistance. 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 2012.

The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) can also help you throughout the year to answer any questions you might have concerning your Medicare coverage, specifically with help surrounding the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Low Income Subsidy "Extra Help" Program. If you would like to learn more about this program and whether or not you are eligible to receive discounts on your prescription drugs, call our office at 800-582-7277 and ask for extension 250.

This year's Medicare Check-Up Days take place throughout our District's 10 counties:

GALLIA COUNTY: Oct. 17, at the University of Rio Grande. This session is by appointment only. Those who are interested must call the Area Agency on Aging District 7 at 800-582-7277, extension 250, to secure a spot.

LAWRENCE COUNTY: At 10:30 a.m. Nov. 27, at Southern Branch Library in South Point. This session is by appointment only. Those who are interested must call the Area Agency on Aging District 7 at 800-582-7277, extension 250, to secure a spot.

SCIOTO COUNTY: Dec. 3, at United Scioto Senior Activities (USSA) in Portsmouth. This session is by appointment only. Those who are interested must call the Area Agency on Aging District 7 at 800-582-7277, extension 250, to secure a spot.

For more information about the Medicare Check-Up Days, call the Area Agency on Aging District 7 toll-free at 800-582-7277, or the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) toll-free at 800-686-1578.

Pamela K. Matura is the executive director of the Area Agency on Aging District 7. She can be reached at 1-800-582-7277.

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