Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

From Dutchess County Office for the Aging

POUGHKEEPSIE – The 2017 Medicare Open Enrollment period begins October 15 and runs through December 7. This is the time of year when you can change your Medicare coverage. You can do this by joining a new Medicare Advantage Plan or by joining a new stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP).

Medicare MattersYou can also switch to Original Medicare with or without a stand-alone Part D plan from a Medicare Advantage Plan during this time. Be sure you’re ready for any changes you want to make by scheduling a free annual Health Insurance Check-Up.

One of the Office for the Aging’s trained volunteer counselors with the Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) can meet with you and go over your options.

Appointments will be available throughout the Open Enrollment period, and we’ve started taking appointments this month. Our calendar fills up quickly, and remember: After December 7, it’s too late to change your Medicare coverage, so call for your appointment today.

The Office for the Aging also schedules Medicare 101 (orientation) and Navigating Medicare classes every month. This fall, we have scheduled Medicare 101 classes on the following Wednesdays at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room from 10 a.m. until noon: September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 20.

Additionally, there will be 90-minute Medicare 101 sessions at the Center for Healthy Aging at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck at 4 p.m. on the following Mondays: October 2, October 23 and November 27.

There will also be one Medicare 101 session on Tuesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pawling Library (11 Broad St.).

A little bit of computer knowledge can go a long way when it comes to navigating the national Medicare website,www.medicare.gov.

HIICAP volunteers can teach you how to learn about Medicare and other associated programs to help you make informed choices. Join them at the Adriance Library (93 Market St., Poughkeepsie) at 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: September 27, October 25, November 22 and December 27.

These sessions are all free but space is limited, so call the Office for the Aging to register at (845) 486-2555.

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