Medicare Part D participants now have access to free counseling in selecting the best drug plan to meet their individual needs. Continuing today through the open enrollment period until December 7, qualified counselors will be at easy-to-access public places on a regularly scheduled basis.

Three Rivers PDD Executive Director Randy Kelley said that the County Supervisors in Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, and Union Counties along with Three Rivers and the Mississippi Department 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.

“There is nothing hidden here,” Kelley said. “This is not a sales scheme. No one will ask for money now or later. The cost of the insurance will be deducted from the person’s Social Security check monthly like other aspects of Medicare.”

Participants are asked to bring their Medicare card and list of prescriptions. The counseling usually takes about 15 minutes.

“It’s worth the time,” Kelley added.

Savings estimates from previous experience of participants shopping their Part D provider and selecting the plan with the lowest premium have shown annual savings of up to $1,200.

And 80% of persons making a comparison find a less expensive plan.

In Pontotoc County persons may seek Medicare counseling at Three Rivers Planning and Development District, located at 75 South Main Street, Pontotoc. For locations in other counties persons may call 662-489-2415 and 662-760-1396. 

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