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National Medicare Education Week 2014

Posted Sept. 04, 2014, at 8:52 a.m.

National Medicare Education Week 2014 takes place between September 15 and 21. If you are confused about Medicare you are not alone. Every day, about 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare. That is one every eight seconds. As the Medicare population grows, the number of people in need of clear, easy-to-understand information about the program grows as well. When it comes to Medicare, information is power, and we know that many people learn best in a one-on-one setting where they can interact with others and get answers to their questions. That’s why Spectrum Generations will host education events throughout Central Maine during National Medicare Education Week. You can learn important health care information from Spectrum’s trained Medicare specialists. Gloria Rhode, the Knox Community Center’s Aging and Disability Resource Counselor (ADRC) and Cynthia Troxel, the Coastal Community Center’s ADRC can provide the tools to help guide and support your Medicare education experience at one of the September clinics detailed below.

Learning about Medicare shouldn’t be limited to just one week of the year. Taking the time to review your coverage options and stay informed about Medicare may help you feel better prepared to enroll in Medicare for the first time or make confident health care decisions during Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15-Dec. 7). Use this checklist to help you learn more about Medicare.

Start with the Basics: Mastering the basics of the Medicare program will help you feel prepared to find the coverage that’s right for you.

Ask the right questions: Medicare is not one-size-fits-all. You have lots of options as your are deciding which coverage is right for you. But those options can sometimes feel overwhelming. Make it easier by asking some key questions, with the assistance of Spectrum’s ADRC counselors that will help you determine your needs.

Prepare: Be ready to make decisions about your coverage options during the Medicare Open Enrollment period (October 15-December 7). Call today to schedule an appointment with one of Spectrum’s ADRC Counselors (Knox County 596-0339, Lincoln County 563-1363, or contact Spectrum Generations Help Line at 1-800-639-1553).

Go straight to the Source: You can call Medicare 24 hours a day, 7 days week, at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY 1-877-486-2048) to speak with a representative who can answer your questions. Be sure to ask for a copy of the “Medicare and You” handbook. You can also go to Medicare.gov.

Get help in Your Community: Visit Spectrum Generations your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) office to speak with one of our Aging and Disability Resource Counselors who can offer one-on-one support, answer your questions and help you understand your health care choices.

Your Medicare journey will be smoother when you understand the rules of the road. Let Spectrum help.

MEDICARE FOR EVERYONE: Cutting through the Red Tape at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street in Damariscotta.

Find out about all four parts of Medicare coverage (A,B,C & D); how to choose a drug plan that is best for you; how and when to enroll; how Advantage plans and supplemental plans differ from HMO or PPO plans, and much more! Cynthia Koch and Cynthia Troxel will provide answers to your questions. Advanced registration required. Call 563-1363 and let the receptionist know which workshop you will be attending.

September 17, 1 PM—3 PM or September 24, 6 PM—8PM

MEDICARE FOR EVERYONE SEMINARS IN KNOX COUNTY

“New to Medicare” workshops lead by Gloria Rhode, ADRC Counselor will help you understand the basics of the program and give you a better idea of the decisions you will need to make. Gloria asks that you attend a Medicare for Everyone seminar before scheduling a 1:1 appointment with her. Advanced registration required. To register call 596-0339.

Wednesday, September 9, 2:30 PM—4:30 PM, Knox Community Center, 61 Park Street, Rockland

Friday, September 26, 10:30 AM—12 NOON, Knox Community Center, 61 Park Street, Rockland

Special Evening Session: Thursday, September 18, 6:30 PM—8:00 PM Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, Washington

Although these Medicare Workshops are free a $15 donation in support of Spectrum Generations Community Center Aging and Disability Resource Center programs would be appreciated.

If you’d like more information about these topics or Spectrum Generations or would like to schedule an interview with Gloria Rhode or Cynthia Troxel please contact Marianne Pinkham at (207) 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at mpinkham@spectrumgenerations.org.

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