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Seniors to Share at Medicare Fair

December 2, 2005

For many Westchester seniors, the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan enrollment process can be very confusing and difficult. In fact, the process is still undergoing constant revisions at the federal level. The Department of Senior Programs and Services in cooperation with the Seniors Out Speaking on Medicare, a program of the Medicare Rights Center, will sponsor a free Medicare Fair on December 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

The fair is designed to help seniors, caregivers and all Medicare-eligible individuals make informed decisions concerning the new Medicare prescription drug plan coverage.

All family members and caregivers are urged to get involved to help seniors navigate through the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan enrollment process. The Medicare Part D Plan Finder - now available online at www.medicare.gov - will help seniors compare and select a prescription drug plans that meet their needs. “Family members and caregivers can be very instrumental in helping seniors through this arduous enrollment process,” stated Mae Carpenter, commissioner of the Department of Senior Programs and Services. “Seniors need our help now more than ever. I urge all residents to get educated on the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans to help their loved ones. Lives may depend on it.”

The new Medicare prescription drug coverage will begin January 2006. Medicare Part D is part of the Medicare Drug Improvement & Modernization Act of 2003. It’s the most comprehensive change to the Medicare program since its inception in 1965.

Beginning next year, the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services in partnership with the Medicare Rights Center will offer counseling assistance to seniors, caregivers and Medicare-eligible individuals. For more information, please call the Department of Senior Programs and Services at (914) 813-6400 or the Medicare Rights Center (800) 480-2060 x 78. Or visit our web sites at www.westchestergov.com/aging and www.medicarerights.org.



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