Ocean County Offers Help With Medicare Part D Plans

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OCEAN COUNTY – The Ocean County Office of Senior Services offers one-on-one help for clients needing assistance navigating the 2019 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.

“It’s important our seniors have the opportunity to review and choose the appropriate plan that is suitable for their needs. Each year we fine-tune this outreach to make it as convenient as possible for our seniors and their caregivers,” Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services said. “We have been providing one-on-one assistance annually to help citizens navigate these important health care programs that can often be complex and change each year.”

Those sessions, called “Medicare Part D Days,” will be starting Oct. 17.

Assistance will be offered at the County Connection at Ocean County Mall on Oct. 17 and 23, and Nov. 1, 8, 14, 28 and 29, and Dec. 5. Appointments are available 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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“The County Connection has become an important focal point for this kind of assistance to our seniors,” Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, who serves as liaison to the County Connection, said. “It provides an easily accessible and comfortable environment for our seniors to get help on important matters like Medicare Part D.”

One-on-one assistance will be offered at three area senior centers.

The Jackson Senior Center, 45 Don Connor Blvd., will have appointments available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30.

The Plumsted Township Senior Outreach Services, 121 Evergreen Road, will hold appointments 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16.

The Little Egg Harbor Municipal Building, 665 Radio Road, will have one-on-one sessions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30.

“I am pleased that we can continue to offer this one-on-one assistance by also bringing the program to some of our senior centers,” Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little said. “With almost 170,000 seniors living in Ocean County, this outreach is invaluable.”

To schedule an appointment, call 732-288-7777 and ask for Donna.

Other Medicare Information Sessions Available

Seniors can get information about Medicare options at the Medicare Plan Finder, Medicare.gov. Open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

The county will be holding Medicare information seminars throughout the county.

10 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Jackson Senior Center, 45 Don Connor Blvd.

10 a.m. Nov. 13 at St. Martha’s Church, 3800 Herbertsville Road, Point Pleasant.

2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Brick Senior Center, 373 Adamston Road.

2:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Lakewood branch of the Ocean County Library, for Spanish speakers.

“Even if you have a plan, you should evaluate it by asking yourself the following questions: Will your current plan’s premium and costs change in 2019? Will the prescription drugs you take be covered in 2019? Are you satisfied with your plan’s customer service?” Vicari said. “We are here to help you answer these and any other important questions you may have.”

For appointments at the main office of the Ocean County Office of Senior Services at 1027 Hooper Ave., call 732-929-2091.