Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Office of Senior Services is once again offering one-on-one assistance in comparing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans for 2020 on the Medicare Plan Finder.

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

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. 24 and 30; Nov. 6, 8, 13 and 14 and also Dec. 4 and 5. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 732-288-7777 and ask for Donna to register. Appointments are offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.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 Office of Senior Services is sponsoring seminars that are free and open to the public as well. To register, call 1-800-668-4899 or 732-929-2091.

Registration is required.

Locations, times, and dates are as follows:
• Jackson Senior Center, 45 Don Connor Blvd., 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Oct. 23.
• Point Pleasant Senior Beehive (St. Martha's Church), 3800 Herbertsville Road, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Oct. 29.

"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 Virginia E. Haines. "With over 170,000 seniors living in Ocean County, this free outreach is vital to our communities."

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 2020 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 ends 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 2020? Will the prescription drugs you take be covered in 2020? 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."

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