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Friday, December 7, 2018

2018 Medicare Open Enrollment Fairs

Kenneth Young Center will be hosting their 5th Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Fairs. Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your benefit choices. Schedule an appointment with a SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) Counselor to review information and receive assistance with Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.

Open Enrollment is Right Around the Corner!

Kenneth Young Center’s Older Adults Services teams offer a wide variety of supportive and protective programs and services, including benefits counseling for people enrolled in Medicare plans.

Benefits consultations are free to Medicare beneficiaries, regardless of current client status at KYC. This year, open enrollment for Medicare runs from October 15th through December 7th. In preparation, KYC is now scheduling appointments for our 5th Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Fair. If you or someone you know are currently on a Medicare plan and would like to review your benefit options, call 847-524-8800 ext. 158 to schedule an appointment.

Dates

Dates for the Benefit Fairs include:

Tuesday, October 16th

Monday, October 29th

Thursday, November 8th

Tuesday, November 27th

Monday, December 3rd

Benefits Fairs will take place on the dates above from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. To schedule an appointment for the Benefit Fairs, please call Diane at (847) 524-8800 ext. 158

What to Expect

Enza, KYC’s Advocacy & Benefits Specialist and Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Counselor, has spent the last four years of her career at KYC helping older adult clients understand and optimize their medical healthcare plans. Each open enrollment season, Enza helps hundreds of clients make better-informed decisions about their plan selections. In a typical appointment, she reviews a client’s situation, medications, and preferred pharmacies to determine the most cost-effective and suitable plan options for the upcoming year. The majority of clients she sees ultimately move away from their existing plans after identifying a more cost-effective solution.

Why Review My Selections?

Enza notes that it’s best to review your coverage options each year, before enrolling or re-enrolling in healthcare plans. Medications and coverage details can often change year over year, so plan options should also be carefully reconsidered. Medical coverage can be complex and challenging to understand, especially as many older adults keep jobs later in life that may offer healthcare plan choices. With Enza’s expertise, healthcare and supplemental plans can typically be reviewed in only one appointment, and the cost savings can be substantial.

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