Free, unbiased Medicare counseling offered at Central Crossing

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

As has been done yearly since 2008, Central Crossing Senior Center is offering free Medicare counseling to area seniors.

This year, the Medicare Enrollment 2020, also known as Medicare OEP 2020, is from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, individuals who qualify for Medicare can renew or change their Medicare policies, make changes to their Medicare Part “D” and may change from Advantage Plans to Medicare or Medicare to Advantage Plans.

It is wise to have plans reviewed annually, because plans could change next year, or another plan may change which will save money. Conversely, not changing a plan could end up costing more.

For example, a current Part “D” provider may have changed its drug costs, its premiums or its deductibles. Medicare Part “D” has numerous changes that people may not be aware of. Additionally, there is much to learn regarding the differences between Medicare and the various Advantage Plans available for next year.

All counselors at Central Crossing Senior Center are trained Centers for Medicare Services volunteers. They are not paid and offer unbiased services. Their motivation is only to assist area seniors in choosing the best health plan available.

Since the inception of this service, Central Crossing’s participating area seniors have saved over a $503,728. These seniors will unanimously agree that it is important to have an independent unbiased review of your Medicare options.

Using this service is free and easy. People may call 417-858-3456 to make an appointment. Callers will be told what information to bring to the counseling session. But, there are only so many volunteer counselors and limited time. Central Crossing Senior Center urges people to set appointments without delay.