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Medicare, Detroit Work Together to Help People with Medicare Choose Right Medicare Drug Plan for their Plans

'Working Together for Better Health' Medicare Tour Educates Residents about Health and Drug Plan Options during Medicare’s Fall Open Enrollment (Nov. 15-Dec. 31)


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ADVISORY for Tuesday, October 16, 2007

WHO:

Consulate of Mexico, Dr. Lourdes Quintanilla, Director of General Reproductive Health Ministry of Health Mexico, Latino Family Services, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, LASED, Cancer Institute, Red Cross, Michigan Dept. of Community Health and BCBS of Michigan

WHAT:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will join with local partners and Detroit officials to provide information about the tools and resources that are available to help people with Medicare during Medicare’s Fall Open Enrollment, which runs November 15-December 31, 2007. Detroit is also serving as a site for the statewide kick-off of Medicare’s Hispanic Outreach Campaign. During Open Enrollment, people with Medicare will be selecting Medicare health and drug coverage for 2008. People with Medicare are urged to assess their health needs, review their current health and drug coverage, compare it with other area plans, and choose a plan that’s best for them. They are also urged to act quickly, so their coverage works smoothly in 2008. Extra help is available for people with Medicare who cannot afford their prescription drug costs. Experts will be on-site ready to help those people with Medicare who qualify learn more about the $3,600 that is available to help pay for their drug coverage and to help them complete the extra help applications. People with Medicare can also apply for extra help through their local Social Security by visiting http://www.socialsecurity.gov, or calling 1-800-772-1213.

WHEN:

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Bus on-site: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Note: Media Should Arrive by 11:15 am

WHERE:

Most Holy Redeemer Church

1721 Junction Ave.

Detroit, MI 48209

BACKGROUND:

The right Medicare plan lets you get on with your plans. People with Medicare don’t want to worry about their health coverage all year. They want to spend time doing the things they enjoy. By taking a little time today to review their current plan’s coverage for 2008 and comparing it to other plans available, people with Medicare will be able to get on with their plans the rest of the year. As part of this fall’s “Working Together for Better Health” Medicare Bus Tour, CMS will host events across the country helping people with Medicare make the most of their Medicare. During Open Enrollment (November 15-December 31, 2007), people with Medicare will be selecting health and drug coverage for 2008. People with Medicare are urged to assess their health needs, review their current health and drug coverage, compare it to other area plans, and choose a plan that’s best for them. They are also urged to act quickly, so their coverage works smoothly in 2008.

People with Medicare can receive assistance in reviewing and choosing a plan by attending a “Working Together” Medicare event, contacting a county or city office on aging, visiting http://www.medicare.gov, or calling 1-800-MEDICARE. While change may not be necessary, people with Medicare can use Open Enrollment time to review and make adjustments to their existing Medicare coverage. There may be another plan that’s better for them.

Individuals with limited income and resources may qualify for extra help to pay for prescription drug costs. Experts will be on-site at each event ready to help eligible people with Medicare learn more about the $3,600 that is available to help pay for their drug coverage and to help them complete the extra help applications. People with Medicare can also apply for extra help through their local Social Security office by visiting http://www.socialsecurity.gov, or calling 1-800-772-1213.

Medicare, Detroit Work Together to Help People with Medicare Choose Right Medicare Drug Plan for their Plans