If you or a loved one is aged 65 or above, you probably know that you are required to sign up for Medicare at age 65. After that, the various choices for health care plans get more confusing, and you are probably receiving piles of mail from multiple insurance companies with a vast array of plan choices.
“Medicare Changes for 2014” will be co-sponsored at the Blount County Public Library by the library and the Blount County Office on Aging on Wednesday, October 23, at 11 a.m. Kim Ward, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Manager, will explain the ins and outs of the multiple choices of plans related to Medicare.
This will be a program to provide information to assist with making appropriate insurance plan choices that are best for your situation. This is NOT a program hosted by an insurance company, and no insurance plans will be available for sale. The goal for this program is solely to help consumers make informed decisions.
Ward has been with SHIP for about 10 years, and her presentation will include the following information: •Medicare: what’s new this year •What Medicare Parts A and B cover •Medicare costs •Health and prescription drug plans •Fraud prevention
She will discuss Medicare and Medicaid (TennCare), Medigap, enrollment in Medicare prescription drug plans (Part D), and the accompanying Low Income Subsidy, finding help with the cost of prescription drugs during coverage gaps and access to drugs not covered under Part D, Medicare Advantage options, claims and billing problem resolution, information and referral on public benefit programs, employer and retiree health insurance options for those with Medicare, and Veterans Administration (VA) benefits and other military health insurance for those with Medicare.
Ward will remain after the presentation to answer individual questions. Participants are encouraged to visit www.medicare.gov prior to the presentation to review the latest information on Medicare and come to the presentation with their questions.
If you are not able to attend the presentation at the Blount County library, please feel free to call 1-877-801-0044, for assistance over the phone.
About Kimberly Ward: As SHIP Manager, Ward is responsible for this program that is state and federally funded that advocates for the consumer with coordinating their Medicare benefits with any and all other insurance benefit they may have. SHIP also assists with enrollment in the plans and disenrollment, appeal process and claims. The program also assists with low income subsidy applications and Medicare savings program applications.
Senior Medical Patrol (SMP) is the Fraud prevention program, and Ward also manages the Volunteer program for the same counties and trains them as well.
Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, and the Blount County Office on Aging.
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Blount County does not discriminate based on race, color or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d).