Time Wanes for Salem County Medicare Open Enrollment

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The annual open enrollment cycle to modify Medicare policies for Salem county residents will end on December 7th.

Seniors who need assistance in the process are invited to call the Salem County Office on Aging and Disabilities, where certified staff members can answer questions and work with Medicare recipients.

Counselors for Salem county, Cindy Knight, and Betty Meyers, are certified by the State Health Insurance Program to cooperate with county seniors on Medicare services. Opportunities include the discussion of various Medicare plans, prescription drug options, and a chance to explore the differences with Medicare Advantage.

“Even if you are satisfied with your current Medicare coverage, you may still want to contact one of our counselors to explore options that may better suit you in the upcoming year—especially if you have new prescriptions or want to lower costs,” said Freeholder Director, Julie Acton.

Within eight days of the October 15th start date, more than 125 phone calls were placed to the Office on Aging and Disabilities in request for appointments and aid. The open enrollment serves seniors currently on Medicare or Medicaid, those disabled or retired, and persons with active health insurance.

“The most frequent questions are about how to save money on medications, how to get a supplemental plan for Medigap, how to compare Medigap plans, and how to navigate health care options when one partner is newly retired and the other is not yet Medicare eligible,” said county Freeholder and Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, Bob Vanderslice.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with your Medicare open enrollment, you can reach the Office on Aging and Disabilities at 856-339-8622.

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