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Get help with Medicare Part D

March 07, 2006

If you haven't made a decision about which plan to choose for the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, there is still time to do so.

But the May 15 deadline is fast approaching. We recommend that anyone who is eligible for Medicare - and any friends and relatives who are helping them with this decision - take action as soon as possible.

How can you do that? By coming to one of a number of "enrollment events" sponsored by the Washington County Commission on Aging at the Valley Mall and the Washington County Free Library.

When you come, please bring your Medicare card and a list of all the prescription medicines you take, including the dosage. If you're not sure how to figure dosage, you may bring pill bottles in a bag.

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Then that information will be entered in the computer, which will search all 47 prescription plans approved in Maryland. The search should provide the recipient with the least expensive plan with the best coverage.

The site of some events has been changed, so please be sure to save this schedule:

On Friday mornings in March and April, events will be held at Valley Mall, sponsored by the Commission on Aging and Hagerstown Community College at HCC's computer room from 9 a.m. until noon.

The room is located near JCPenney, down the hall near the mall's security office.

The Valley Mall dates include March 10, March 24, April 7, April 21 and April 28.

Other events will be held Tuesday afternoons in March April and May from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Washington County Free Library's computer lab. If you need to use the elevator, please go to the front desk.

The library dates include March 7, March 14, March 21, April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2 and May 9.

Katrina Eversole, health insurance advocate for the Senior Health Insurance Program, is telling seniors that it is not wise to delay enrollment, unless they have received a letter stating that what they have now is "creditable" coverage, which means as good or better than the Medicare Part D plans.

If you have questions, please attend one of the events as soon as possible. The administrative officie of the Commission on Aging office will be closed the week of March 27 while staff moves to the Aspiring to Serve building at 140 W. Franklin St. The agency will reopen there on Monday, April 3. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses will remain the same.

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