Medicare Open Enrollment
October 15 - December 7
Medicare beneficiaries are able to change their Medicare health plan and/or their prescription drug coverage during the period of October 15th through December 7th. Information on plans will be available beginning in October. If you have Medicare, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov for plan information.
If you are satisfied that your current plan will meet your needs, you do not have to do anything.
If you would like assistance comparing plans in order to find which is right for you, there are SHINE counselors who are trained to help you. SHINE counselors provide impartial and unbiased information, counseling, and assistance on Medicare and related health care coverage, including original Medicare A & B, Prevention Services, Part D Prescription Drug Benefit, Medicare Advantage HMOs and PPOs, Supplemental Insurance (Medigap), and Medicare Savings Programs and Long Term Care.
SHINE counselors may be contacted at Councils on Aging, hospitals, and other community based agencies. They are available to meet with you in person or respond by telephone or e-mail.
To schedule an appointment with a SHINE counselor, call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636) and then press 3. You may also contact the local SHINE office directly at the Attleboro Council on Aging or by calling 1-800-987-2510.
Friday, October 17, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Prevention and Wellness Network, formally known as the Greater Taunton Health and Human Services Coalition, is holding a Health Summit. Jessica Aguilera-Steinert, MSW, LICSW, Manager of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund at the MA Department of Public Health, will be the keynote speaker, and her presentation will be followed by three interactive workshops. The goal is to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan for the Greater Taunton area.
The workshops are:
- Health: Reduce hypertension and obesity by increasing physical activity. This workshop will include goals and objectives from a recently awarded Mass in Motion grant.
- Safety: Reduce falls among elders by increasing the understanding of risks, improving balance, and decreasing inactivity.
- Risk Behaviors: Reduce substance abuse disorders, suicide risk, and homelessness through education, self-management, self-sufficiency and recovery.