Ocean County Press Release
Information Available to Help Seniors with Medicare Questions

OCEAN COUNTY seniors can find help in deciding which Medicare prescription program is best for them with the Ocean County Office of Senior Services.

"We are making sure our seniors in Ocean County are armed with the best information possible." said Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services. "Our staff is knowledgeable and prepared to answer your questions."

In order to assist seniors during the open enrollment period, the Ocean County Office of Senior Services has scheduled presentations to assist the public in gathering information regarding Medicare Part D, according to Jane Maloney, Director of the Ocean County Office of Senior Services.

"We are urging Medicare beneficiaries to attend," Vicari said. "The seminars are free and open to the public."

Presentations have been scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:
• Friday, Nov.8, at the Manchester Civic Center, 1 Colonial Drive, Manchester Township, from 9 to 11 a.m.
• Friday, Nov. 8 at the Brick Senior Center, 373 Adamston Road (VFW Building), Brick Township from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Ocean County Southern Service Center, 179 South Main St. (Routes 9 & 72), Manahawkin, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
• Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Berkeley Township Town Hall, 627 Pinewald-Keswick Road, Bayville, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Registration is required and can be made by calling the Ocean County Office of Senior Services at 732-929-2091 and 1-800-668-4899.

"There is a large amount of information to learn in a short period of time – Oct.15 until Dec. 7 which is the annual enrollment period," Maloney said.

She added that the Office of Senior Services is working with all of its providers to raise the awareness of both older adults and their caregivers.

"We are especially busy trying to educate Ocean's Medicare enrollees regarding the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit-Part D," Vicari said. "The program is complex and we want to make certain that all Medicare enrollees are able to navigate it.

In addition to the seminars, detailed information regarding options is available on the Medicare Plan Finder that is up and running on the Internet at www.Medicare.gov and in the Medicare and You 2014 Handbook that was recently mailed to Medicare beneficiaries. There are 34 plans for New Jersey with different costs and benefit coverage and individuals will need to learn as much as possible about them.

"Even if you have a plan, you should evaluate it by asking yourself the following questions: Will your current plan's premium and costs change in 2014? Will you need more coverage in 2014? Will the prescription drugs you take be covered in 2014? Are you satisfied with your plan's customer service," Vicari said.

"It is important to review what you have and make an informed decision on what will be best for you in the future," said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly. The Ocean County Office of Senior Services is here to help."

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