The Herald Bulletin

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October 14, 2013

It’s time to re-enroll for Medicare Part D

YORKTOWN – It’s time to re-enroll or do your first sign up for Medicare Part D, the federal government’s prescription drug component for those on Medicare and Medicaid. And, LifeStream Services, the local Aging and Disability Resource Center, can help guide people in making their decisions.

Enrollment begins today and continues through Dec. 7.

Trained SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) counselors are available to help Medicare D participants in their decisions about which program would be best. SHIP counselors provide the service at no cost and do not represent any insurance company or do any selling. Counselors help individuals find out the top three plans based on their individual prescription history. The client then makes the final decision about what plan is best.

The Medicare D program has been in existence since 2006 and should not be confused with the new national healthcare marketplace program that opened for enrollment earlier this month.

LifeStream SHIP counselors will be staffing several free, public sign-up sessions around east central Indiana.

An appointment is needed and can be made by calling LifeStream at (800) 589-1121 between 8 and 4 p.m. weekdays.

The sessions are planned:

Oct. 17: Maring-Hunt Library, 205 S. High St., Muncie, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Oct. 24: Henry County Hospital, 1000 N. 16th St., New Castle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nov. 6: Anderson Public Library, 111 E. 12th St., Anderson, 9:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Nov. 7: Forest Park Senior Center, 2517 W. 8th St., Muncie, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Nov. 12: Kennedy Library, 1700 W. McGalliard Road, Muncie, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nov. 13: North Madison Public Library, 1600 Main St., Elwood, 9:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

Nov. 14: Pendleton Public Library, 595 E. Water St., Pendleton, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Indiana also has the HoosierRX program which can help some seniors 65 and older with up to $70 a month to help pay for the Medicare Part D plan. Details on how to apply and eligibility can be discussed with SHIP counselors during the appointment. Or, call (866) 267-4679 for more information on SHIP.

— For The Herald Bulletin

There are nearly 1 million Indiana Medicare recipients in Indiana. Many are covered by retirement plans that have prescription drug coverage that is at least as good as the Medicare Part D program. Those individuals have to certify that their programs meet or exceed the Medicare D program in order to opt out of the Medicare D program without incurring any penalties.

For details about the program, call 759-1121 or (800) 589-1121.

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