Medicare Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7

Office for the Aging News

(Madison County, NY – Oct. 2012) Your health needs change from year to year, and your health plan may change the benefits and costs each year, too. Check to see if the coverage you have is changing for 2013, make sure any prescriptions you take are on the formulary of your Part D plan.

Open enrollment is the one time of the year when ALL people with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage. Review the Medicare & You 2013 handbook, visit Medicare.gov or call Medicare 1-800-633-4227 to compare your current coverage with all of the options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.

Madison County Office for the Aging’s Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program (HIICAP) can help, too; call 315.697.5700 for more information.

Caregiver Support Group Offered

The members of the Caregiver Support Group at Office for the Aging would like to encourage others to join them at their meetings Mondays Oct. 29 and Nov. 26.

So many families are facing challenges brought on by Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, a stay in a nursing home or a general decline in a loved one’s health and, as a caregiver, you need information and time away. Attend a meeting and find friends who will listen and care about what you are going through.

Join us the last Monday of every month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the conference room of Office for the Aging, Canastota Business Park, 138 Dominic Bruno Blvd., Canastota. For more information, call Mary Goodell, 315.697.5700 or Ellen Coe 315.280.0242. We hope to see you there.

Manage Your Energy Use

A Consumer Advocate from National Grid will be at the Madison County Office for the Aging, 138 Dominic Bruno Blvd., Canastota, the first Tuesday of each month from October through December from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. She will be available to answer questions regarding energy use and management, bill payment options (payment plans) and to give eligibility information and application assistance for the EMPOWER program.

You are welcome to make an appointment, but it is not necessary. For more information call the Office for the Aging at 315.697.5700.

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