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Event to prep Medicare recipients

Published 6:31pm Thursday, October 10, 2013

An upcoming event is aiming to make sure Medicare recipients have the essential information they need to prepare for 2014.

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will host free Medicare checkups on Oct. 15, 22 and 29, Nov. 5, 12 and 19, and Dec. 3 at the Sportplex Cabin from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Sebrena Foster, SHIP Coordinator East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, said the checkups will help people understand their Medicare benefits.

“At the checkups, we are going to be comparing the plans and looking to see if the coverage they have currently would be positioned for 2014 because plans change,” Foster said. “On Oct. 15, we are also going to have pharmacy students from Auburn University there to assist us. They’re going to be doing medication management then helping the Medicare recipients.”

Checkups will also help people determine which Part D plan best fits their needs, enroll in the plan of their choice and file a Medicare claim or appeal.

“They will need to bring their Medicare card, of course, and a list of medications they’re taking with strength and dosage they’re taking,” Foster said. “They will need to have their gross income and if they’re needing to receive any extra help to pay for medication.”

Each checkup will also let recipients ask questions, and Foster said they will also be informed about the Affordable Care Act and its effects.

“If they have questions about the Affordable Care Act, we will be able to discuss that,” Foster said. “That shouldn’t really affect Medicare recipients in terms of the insurance coverage. Now, the Affordable Care Act is helping decrease the ‘doughnut hole’ if beneficiaries do not qualify for any extra help. It also helps with providing preventive services.”

No appointments are necessary, but for more information, contact your local SHIP program at (800) 243-5463.

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