More than 400 North Mississippi Medicare Part D participants who have received free counseling in selecting the best drug plan to meet their individual needs are saving $1,100 annually in prescription medicine costs. Facing a Dec. 7 deadline to change insurance providers, Medicare recipients should seek out qualified counselors who are available to assist them. 

            County Supervisors in Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, and Union Counties along with Three Rivers Planning and Development District and the Mississippi Division of Aging and Adult Services are providing the counseling free.

            From 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays, counselors will be at the locations listed below to assist Medicare Part D participants search the best option for themselves and even help them enroll on-the-spot if they prefer.

            Participants are asked to bring their Medicare card and list of prescriptions. The counseling usually takes about 30 minutes. Historically, about 80 percent of persons making a comparison find a less expensive plan.

            The location for Union County is the Union County Board of Supervisors Building, 108 E. Main St., New Albany. The phone number is 662-260-9618.

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