Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today the Nassau County Department of Human Services, Office for the Aging is collaborating with CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) to provide consumer information forums on Medicare health and prescription drug plan options for older residents. These sessions are designed to provide information, answer questions, and empower Medicare beneficiaries to make well-informed decisions with regard to their personal health and prescription drug coverage needs.
The open enrollment period for Medicare begins on October 15th, 2014 and will continue through December 7th, 2014. During this period, currently enrolled beneficiaries can make changes to their Medicare health plan and/or Part D coverage and register for a different plan that will best suit their personal situations.
Representatives from CMS, the Nassau County-funded Health Insurance Information and Assistance Program (HIICAP), operated by Family and Children’s Association, and New York State Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) will be available at the following convenient and accessible locations to explain how to compare the different available plans and what factors to consider prior to enrolling in a new plan:
Friday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noonHerricks Senior Community Service Center (south side rear door)999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park 11040 (516) 305-8976
Friday, October 24, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.Bethpage Senior Community Center103 Grumman Road West, Bethpage 11714 (516) 571-9910
Tuesday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.Freeport Senior Community Service Center66 Church Street, Freeport 11520 (516) 623-2008
Thursday, November 12, 12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Glen Cove Senior Community Service Center130 Glen Street, Glen Cove 11542 (516) 759-9610
In addition, representatives from the Nassau County Department of Human Services, Office for the Aging; the Nassau County-funded Senior Financial Counseling Program operated by Family and Children’s Association; the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island; and the Residential Energy Affordability Partnership (REAP) will be available to discuss the benefits of their programs.
Persons interested in attending one of the above informational sessions can call the site directly or (516) 227-8915 for direction and information.