Introductory “Medicare Basics” workshops have been scheduled through the end of the year on Sept. 19, Oct. 10, Nov. 7 and Dec. 12 at the County Office Building, 9 S. First Ave., Mount Vernon.
The sessions are presented by the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS), and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the eighth-floor conference room.
All workshops are free, but early registration is suggested because the classes fill up quickly. To sign up, call DSPS’ year-round Medicare Information Line at (914) 813-6100.
Case workers will provide information about Medicare parts A, B, C and D and how to use Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) for even greater savings. EPIC is a New York State-sponsored plan that helps eligible seniors pay prescription drug costs. They will also discuss Medigap insurance, cost-sharing and preventive benefits.
The Medicare Information Line can also answer questions about New York State’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage, which is known as EPIC and helps eligible seniors pay prescription drug costs.
Help with Medicare is also available at the Senior Benefits Information Centers in eight libraries throughout Westchester.
More information about Medicare plan choices and application for extra help with the prescription drug costs are available at the federal government’s official Medicare site or call the Medicare helpline (800) 633-4227.
Enrollment for 2013 has begun
Seniors are reminded that enrollment for Medicare Part D takes place this year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7. During this time, you are eligible to move in or out of any type of Medicare coverage you choose. You can also switch to a new health or drug plan or drop your health plan and return to original Medicare. All changes take effect Jan. 1, 2014.