Waverly Community House to offer free Medicare workshops Sept. 30, Oct. 1

For Abington Journal | September 13th, 2015 2:51 pm

WAVERLY — In conjunction with the Voluntary Action Center, the Waverly Community House (Comm), 115 North Abington Road, will host two informational Medicare workshops for area residents.

How to Navigate the Medicare Website will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. This informational workshop is offered prior to the Annual Open Enrollment Period, when Medicare beneficiaries can change their Part D prescription plan or change their current Medicare Advantage Plan.

Every year, terms change for Medicare beneficiaries (premium changes, drug formulary changes, physicians who are in network, etc.) In addition, beneficiaries experience changes in the medications they are taking. Any of these changes can impact the out of pocket costs for an individual. The Annual Open Enrollment Period is the only time that a beneficiary can make these changes.

During this class, presenters will show attendees how to compare a plan and make sure the plan is the best and the least expensive for each individual.

A New to Medicare class will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. It is for those who can answer “yes” to any of the following questions: Are you turning 65 in the next 12 months? Are you considering retiring and not sure of your health insurance options? Have you been receiving Disability benefits and will soon be eligible for Medicare?

Created by APPRISE, part of the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), the New to Medicare Class is designed to show attendees all their Medicare options; explain the advantages and disadvantages of each option; show how to avoid all financial penalties; show individuals how to do a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Drug Plan comparison; explain state and federal programs available for income-qualified individuals to offset costs and answer participants’ questions.

Medicare, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, celebrated its 50th anniversary in July. Former President Harry Truman and his wife, Bess, were the first to sign up for Medicare, a federal health care program designed for the elderly, poor and disabled.

Both classes will be held in the Constance Reynolds Belin Room located in the South Wing of the Comm and are free and offered by APPRISE counselors. The APPRISE Program is Pennsylvania’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, which is overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

For reservations, call the Comm at 570-586-8191, ext. 2 or email info@waverlycomm.org.

For Abington Journal

Information provided by the Waverly Community House.