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North End Seniors – Information Session at ABCD Center on October 15th

North End seniors have an opportunity to prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment at the ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center at 1 Michelangelo Street on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Details are shown below from the ABCD center. The Open Enrollment period for Medicare health and prescription drug plans begins Read More…

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ABCD & Boston Shine Sponsor Open Enrollment Event

There are very important changes in Medicare plans and it is vital that seniors are aware of them and get solid advice regarding the plan that meets their needs. Advocates have expressed fear that without this advice seniors may end up going to their pharmacies in January and finding that their medicine is not covered.  Read More…

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North End ABCD Center Offers Medicare Counseling

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Approaches!

Don’t Miss Your Annual “SHINE” Check-up!

ABCD Urges Medicare Beneficiaries to Sign Up for Plan Assistance; Medicare Open Enrollment to Run Nov. 15 to Dec. 31

SHINE Counselors Available to Answer Questions

Many Medicare plans are changing next year and, for the first time in many years, SHINE leaders – Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders – are spreading out to Boston neighborhoods to answer questions and enroll beneficiary in the best plans for their needs.

“Plans have different deductibles, co-pays, covered drugs and restrictions,” said Elaine Cronin, Regional Director for Boston’s SHINE program, adding that Part D plans, for instance, are set to increase with monthly premiums ranging from $14.80 to $210.10.

Site hours, only available through reservation on a first call-first served basis by calling the Boston SHINE office at (617) 348-6226, will occur during the Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period set to start November 15 and continue through December 31. Coverage will begin January 1, 2011.

Scheduled neighborhood sites include:

  • North End: Fridays, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    at the ABCD North End/West End NSC, 1 Michelangelo St.
  • West End: Mondays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    in the West End Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Massachusetts General Hospital’s Senior HealthWISE members may call Krista Landsman at (617) 643-6304 to schedule appointments in the Amy Lowell House, Beacon House, or the Blackstone Building.

Medicare beneficiaries will be notified by mail if their plans are set to change. They are asked to visit to review plan costs and what is covered, compare them with other eligible plans, and choose a plan that meets their requirements and budget.

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