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Free benefits counseling as 2013 Medicare plan increase looms

Monday, October 08, 2012

As the annual Medicare open enrollment gets under way Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, millions of participating seniors nationwide may see their prescription drug plan premiums increase next year. The Area Agency on Aging, a division of the Capital Area Council of Governments, will provide free benefits counseling to help Medicare beneficiaries tackle crucial decisions related to upcoming changes.

AAACAP will launch its fall assistance and outreach series at the following free event, in partnership with WellMed: Medicare Open Enrollment Kickoff, noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the WellMed Senior Community Center, 706 W. Ben White Blvd., Austin, TX 78704. Benefits counselors will answer questions in personalized, confidential appointments that participants must schedule in advance by calling 512-916-6049.   

According to recent reports, seniors currently enrolled in most of the top 10 Medicare prescription drug plans may face up to a 23 percent increase in their premiums if they don’t consider other available, cost-effective options during Medicare’s open enrollment period. The annual open enrollment period allows Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to compare, choose or change their Medicare and prescription drug plans by Dec. 7 for the next calendar year. 

Funded in part by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, AAACAP has served as a trusted source of information on services and supports for older individuals and their caregivers for more than 30 years.

> Learn more about Area Agency on Aging upcoming events 

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