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Prescription plan meet Nov. 7

October 28, 2005

By now most seniors should have received "Medicare & You 2006," a booklet that describes the process of signing up for one of the new private drug plans.

If you still have questions about the process, you may want to attend a seminar being held on Monday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m., in suite 142 at Robinwood Medical Center. (Use the blue or silver entrance.)

The seminar, one of a number that will be held between now and Feb. 10, will be put on by Katrina Eversole, a health insurance advocate with the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program, who works out of the offices of the Washington County Commission on Aging.

Why should you attend? Because thousands of local seniors are affected by this change and Eversole cannot possibly counsel everyone on a one-to-one basis. However, she will be available during the Nov. 7 seminar (and other, subsequent events) to answer questions.

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If you're not sure whether you need to make a change, we recommend that you attend anyway. Those who are eligible and who don't sign up now will face a financial penalty later.

In addition, other seniors' existing plans will expire Dec. 31. If you haven't made a choice by then, your pharmacy may not honor your existing prescription card on Jan. 1.

Eversole recommends that you bring a pencil and pad to the seminars and be prepared to take notes. If a friend or relative can accompany you, as the old saying goes, two heads are better than one.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, The Herald-Mail will print a Medicare Part D fact sheet prepared with Eversole's help. It will contain a list of all seminar dates and times and a summary of what you will learn if you attend. Please do what you need to do to make sure you are covered.

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