Demystifying Medicare ONLINE
By JULIE WOODWARD

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — May 30, 2020 — Because COVID  has forced libraries and community centers to  cancel  their  events this spring,  WSOS’s  light-hearted and interactive  “Demystifying Medicare” workshops have  also been postponed. 

But, the Westchester Library System does  not  want  anyone  to lose  out on  this ongoing opportunity to learn how  Medicare works,  since  a complete understanding of  the whole system  is  key to  making the  best personal  health  insurance decisions. 

So they’ve put a version of this  upbeat and interactive workshop online, where people  can absorb audio  chapters  at their own pace and refer to  downloadable  handouts  that are  used     in the live  presentations.  You can access  all of  these at  https://wikis.westchesterlibraries.org/sbic/demystifying-medicare/. 

“Demystifying Medicare” is  designed not only for people currently enrolled in Medicare, but for those soon to be 65 or  helping  relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork. Topics include  Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans, Medigaps (supplemental plans),  EPIC, and cost-saving programs for people  with limited resources.   

In a non-COVID universe,  Westchester Seniors Out Speaking works year-round  in other ways to  help  people  with Medicare. They run  free  Senior Benefits Individual Counseling centers (SBICs) at nine libraries throughout the year, where people can get  answers to their coverage and billing  questions on a  first come, first served basis.  The roughly 80 volunteers in this program have been trained and updated monthly by the Medicare Rights Center in New York City, an advocacy group not affiliated with the insurance companies or with Medicare itself. 

For questions about the “Demystifying  Medicare Online” or to sign up for future live presentations, please leave your name and number at (914) 231-3236, or email SBICmedia@gmail.com. You can get individual help at the WSOS helpline,  (914)  231-3260, or by  emailing them at  SBIC@wlsmail.org.  

Like the workshops, the counseling is also free. 

 

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