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Help Now Available For Local Medicare Recipients

October 8th, 2020

Potter County Human Services is once again offering free help for those who may qualify for Medicare during the annual “open enrollment” period, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. PCHS has adapted this year’s counseling sessions to account for coronavirus pandemic health and safety provisions, according to Lisa Harris, who is coordinating the assistance for county residents. She welcomes calls at 814-544-7315 to offer assistance by phone or to schedule in-person appointments.

“Medicare is confusing, and every year brings changes,” Harris said. “Many people are uncertain which options make the most sense for their situation. We can help.” She recommends a five-point checklist for each person who is qualified to enroll for Medicare or change current benefit choices. “It’s all about meeting your own health care needs and your budget. You should confirm if your plan will continue next year; what you will pay in monthly premiums and annual deductibles; how much your co-pays will be for doctor visits; whether your doctor will continue to accept your plan, and which if any extra benefits will be covered.”

PCHS’s Area Agency on Aging is affiliated with the Pa. Dept. of Aging APPRISE Program, providing informed and unbiased counseling across the state.

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