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‘Welcome to Medicare’ seminar set

Feb 20, 2013

OTTUMWA — Seneca Area on Aging, in partnership with Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program and Indian Hills Community Rural Health, will be holding a free “Welcome to Medicare” seminar from 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 7 on the Indian Hills Community College campus in Ottumwa.

Those who would like to attend must register by March 1 by calling Seneca at 800-642-6522 and asking for Information and Assistance and Family Caregiver Specialist Joan Nydle or emailing jnydle@seneca-aaa.org.

Close to 40,000 Iowans will turn 65 in 2013 and most will be encountering Medicare for the first time. For those approaching age 65, there are four key Medicare questions.

First, should a person enroll in Medicare Part A and Part B? If a person determines with Social Security that the answer to that question is “yes,” how does he or she want to get the Medicare coverage — through traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan? Next, will the person enroll in Medicare Part D for prescription drug coverage? And finally, will the person have some type of supplemental coverage which will cover costs not paid by Medicare?

Even if a person plans to continue working after age 65, or has a spouse who will be working and providing health coverage, he or she needs to understand Medicare’s eligibility and enrollment rules and evaluate which options will provide the most cost-effective health coverage.

For other elderly or caregiver concerns, call Seneca at 641-682-2270.

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