Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Office of Senior Services is again offering one-on-one assistance in comparing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans for 2018 on the Medicare Plan Finder.

"We are continuing our outreach in order to educate Ocean's Medicare enrollees regarding the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Part D," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services. "The program is complex and changes each year so we want to make certain that all Medicare enrollees are able to navigate it and make the choice that is best for them."

Called Medicare Part D Days, the assistance will be provided at the County Connection at the Ocean County Mall, Toms River, on the following dates: Oct. 17 and 25; Nov. 1, 14, 28 and 30 and also Dec. 5 and 7. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 732-288-7777 and ask for Donna to register. Appointments are offered from 9:30 a.m. with the last appointment at 2:30 p.m.

In addition to the assistance offered at the County Connection, the program will be held at three senior centers in Ocean County.

Locations, times, dates, and how to register are as follows:
• Jackson Senior Center, Jackson Township, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct 24; Call 732-928-2313 to register. Ask for Elaine.
• Plumsted Township Senior Outreach Services in New Egypt, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 9; to register call 609-758- 2241 and ask for Pat at Ext. 111.
• Little Egg Harbor Township Senior Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov 2; to register call 609-296-7241 and ask for Linda at Ext. 235.

Registration is required at all locations.

"I am pleased that we can expand the one-on-one assistance by also bringing the program to some of our senior centers," Vicari said. "This outreach is invaluable."

In addition to the Part D days, detailed information regarding options is available on the Medicare Plan Finder which can be accessed at www.Medicare.gov and in the Medicare and You 2018 Handbook that will be mailed to Medicare beneficiaries. There are numerous plans for New Jersey with different costs and benefit coverage and individuals will need to learn as much as possible about them.

The open enrollment period for Medicare Part D runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

"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 2018? Will the prescription drugs you take be covered in 2018? Are you satisfied with your plan's customer service?" Vicari said. "We are here to help you answer these and any other important questions you may have."

For appointments at the main office of the Ocean County Office of Senior Services on Hooper Avenue, here, call 732-929-2091.

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