Ocean County Press Release
WHETHER AT the County Connection or a senior center, Ocean County seniors needing assistance in navigating Medicare Prescription Drug Plans for 2019 can get one-on-one help or information through the Ocean County Office of Senior Services.

"It's important our seniors have the opportunity to review and choose the appropriate plan that is suitable for their needs. Each year we fine-tune this outreach to make it as convenient as possible for our seniors and their caregivers," said Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services. "We have been providing one-on-one assistance annually to help citizens navigate these important health care programs that can often be complex and change each year."

Ocean County's Office of Senior Services will be holding one-on-one sessions with seniors and informational seminars starting Oct. 17.

Called Medicare Part D Days, assistance will be provided at the County Connection at the Ocean County Mall, Toms River, on the following dates: Oct. 17 and 23; Nov. 1, 8, 14, 28 and 29 and also Dec. 5. 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.

"The County Connection has become an important focal point for this kind of assistance to our seniors," said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, who serves as liaison to the County Connection. "It provides an easily accessible and comfortable environment for our seniors to get help on important matters like Medicare Part D."

In addition to the assistance offered at the County Connection, the one-on-one assistance will be held at three senior centers in Ocean County including the Jackson Senior Center, 45 Don Connor Blvd., Jackson Township, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct 30. A signup sheet is available at the center. Also, at the Plumsted Township Senior Outreach Services at the Plumsted Township Municipal Building at 121 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 16 and at the Little Egg Harbor Municipal Building, 665 Radio Road, Little Egg Harbor Township, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 30.

"I am pleased that we can continue to offer this one-on-one assistance by also bringing the program to some of our senior centers," said Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little. "With almost 170,000 seniors living in Ocean County, 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 2019 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.

Seniors who are interested in gathering information on the program are encouraged to attend one of the Medicare seminars that have been scheduled.

Seminars have been scheduled for 10 a.m., Oct. 25 at the Jackson Senior Center, 45 Don Connor Blvd., Jackson Township; 10 a.m., Nov. 13 at St. Martha's Church, 3800 Herbertsville Road, Point Pleasant, and at 2 p.m., Nov. 13 at the Brick Senior Center located at the VFW, 373 Adamston Road, Brick.

In addition, a Medicare seminar for Spanish speaking beneficiaries is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Nov. 27 at the Lakewood branch of the Ocean County Library, Lakewood.

"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 2019? Will the prescription drugs you take be covered in 2019? 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 at 1027 Hooper Ave., Toms River, can call 732-929-2091.

"Each Part D Day has specially trained counselors that can answer your questions and help get you signed up for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans," Vicari said. "These programs are a lifeline for many of our seniors."

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