Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that 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, 2015 and will continue through December 7th, 2015. During this period, currently enrolled beneficiaries can make changes to their Medicare health plan and/or Part D coverage and/or enroll in a different plan that will best suit their personal situations.
Representatives from CMS and the Nassau County-funded Health Insurance Information and Assistance Program (HIICAP), operated by Family and Children’s Association, 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:
Tuesday, October 6, 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
Wednesday, October 21, 12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Glen Cove Senior Community Service Center130 Glen Street, Glen Cove 11542 (516) 759-9610
Friday, October 23, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.Bethpage Senior Community Center103 Grumman Road West, Bethpage 11714 (516) 571-9910
Wednesday, October 28, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Freeport Senior Community Service Center 66 Church Street, Freeport 11520 (516) 623-2008
In addition, representatives from the Nassau County Department of Human Services, Office for the Aging and Office of Mental Health; the Nassau County-funded Senior Counseling Program operated by Family and Children’s Association; the Nassau County funded Senior Case Management Program operated by Catholic Charities and 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. EPIC information will be available at all locations. However, an EPIC representative will be at the Glen Cove location only.As an added convenience, Flu shots will be available at all locations, and require no out of pocket cost.
Lunch is available at all locations with the exception of Bethpage. Please call the site directly for more information and to make a reservation.
Persons interested in attending one of the above informational sessions can call the site directly or (516) 227-8915 for direction and information.