2013-10-10 / Community

Medicare seminar offered

MANISTIQUE – UPCAP’s Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program is offering a free seminar to help residents new to Medicare understand benefits and choices. The seminar will take place Oct. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Conference Room.

According to Sherry Whitman, UPCAP’s MMAP coordinator, Medicare has become much more complicated over the past several years.

“Medicare now includes choices on how to receive your health benefits, as well as offering prescription drug coverage,” she explained. “Most people have a difficult time understanding their options and have no idea how to choose the ones that are best for them.”

Whitman adds that the seminar is targeted toward new retirees who will be eligible for Medicare sometime within the next six months.

“We will explain the basics of Medicare, and discuss what folks should be thinking about when making decisions on their Medicare choices,” she said. “We will also talk about programs that may be available to help pay outof pocket Medicare costs.”

There is no charge to attend the informational event and a workbook will be provided to each participant.

Registration is required by calling 786-4701, or 2-1-1.

MMAP is a free communitybased, health-benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families. MMAP is funded by state and federal agencies and does not sell or endorse any insurance product.

MMAP is locally sponsored by UPCAP, the U.P. Area Agency on Aging. For more information on MMAP, call 786-4701 or dial 2-1- 1 from anywhere in the U.P.

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