Local help with Medicare open enrollment

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Mary Davis of the Mercer County Senior Citizens' Center is ready to help with Medicare open enrollment.

Medicare open enrollment begins Thursday (Oct. 15) and continues through Dec. 7. The Mercer County Senior Citizens' Center is offering help for those confused by the alphabet soup of Part A, B, C and D.

Mary Davis, information and assistance specialist at the senior center, explained that Part C is supplemental insurance that covers costs parts A and B do not take care of. Part D is for prescription drugs.

"Seniors can either have Michelle Robinson come to their homes" or can make an appointment for Davis to help them at the center, 137 W. Main St.

"The interviews take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour," Davis said.

There also is a meeting from 10 a.m. until noon Tuesday (Oct. 20) at the Mercer County Health Center.

Davis said medicare.gov is a great resource for seniors needing more information.

"That is a great website," she said. "There's a lot of information."

She said the supplemental insurance may be the most confusing decision for most.

"Do they need to take that? What does it do?" are typical questions, she said.

Those enrolling for the first time or seniors looking to make changes in their Medicare should bring in a list of their medications, including dosage, how often they take the medicine, quantity and the name of their pharmacy. Proof of income is also needed, as help may be available to pay for such things as supplemental insurance.

It all can seem pretty daunting.

"It doesn't have to be," Davis said. "They can Google it, read the literature they receive. Don't throw anything (mail about Medicare) away."

She said she will busy during open enrollment.

"Here's my calendar so far," she said last week. "It's getting pretty full. I've got two people booked each day the first three days."

For more information or to book and appointment, call (309) 582-5492.