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Medicare Open Enrollment Begins

Medicare Beneficiaries can get a Free Medicare Check-Up during Open Enrollment - October 15th - December 7th by contacting the M4A SHIP Program
The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) encourages Medicare beneficiaries to take the opportunity during Medicare’s Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7) to contact M4A’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and have a Health Plan Comparison completed by a Certified Medicare Counselor free of charge.
M4A’s SHIP Program is available to help Medicare beneficiaries make informed choices regarding their health insurance benefits. At no cost, Medicare counselors will help Medicare recipients compare and enroll in the best and most affordable health plan available. During last year’s open enrollment alone, SHIP assisted over 2,400 people compare and/or enroll in a new Medicare Advantage or Part D plan which saved over $175,000.
“Even if someone is satisfied with their Part D or Medicare Advantage Plan, they should contact SHIP to inquire of any new changes to their current plan which may go into effect in January” said Carolyn Fortner, M4A Executive Director.  “SHIP is not only available during open enrollment but all year to help Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare Supplements, Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, Prescription Drugs, Plan Comparisons, Billing and Claims, Rights and Protections, and Long-Term Care options”.
SHIP counselors will be conducting local Medicare Enrollment events in Blount, Chilton, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker Counties. Medicare beneficiaries are asked to bring a list of their medications and red, white, and blue Medicare Card if they wish to have a plan comparison. SHIP also warns Medicare beneficiaries to beware of Medicare scams during open enrollment and do not give any personal information over the telephone or in person to a stranger.

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Contact the M4A Aging & Disability Resource Center (Access Alabama)

Access Alabama, M4A’s Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), empowers consumers to self-advocate, live independently, and enjoy the highest quality of life. Our highly-trained and caring ADRC Specialists assist consumers with their short-term and long-term care options to meet their needs so consumers can “age in place” and remain in their community.

When a consumer contacts our resource center, they will immediately be connected with a caring and qualified specialist who can help access information, assistance, and resources. Our ADRC specialists will also offer to conduct a comprehensive screening for benefits programs and services a consumer may be eligible to receive and assist them as needed to obtain the benefits.

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Drawer 618
Saginaw, Alabama 35137

Our physical address is:
209 Cloverdale Circle
Alabaster, Alabama  35007

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