Get free Medicare assistance at Farmington Hills library

Press release

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B’s (AAA1-B) Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) is holding a free Medicare Assistance Event at the Farmington Community Library on Monday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

The event will allow beneficiaries to meet one-on- one with a trained and unbiased volunteer counselor who can give them individualized help understanding their Medicare options during Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period.

Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period began on October 15 and runs through December 7.

During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can make coverage choices for next year regarding Medicare Part D Prescription plans and Medicare Advantage plans. There are dozens of Medicare Part D plans to choose from, and many factors can influence which plan might be right for an individual. Premiums, deductibles, co-pays, what pharmacy is used and even what medications are taken can all play a role.

MMAP is funded by the federal government and serves as an unbiased and free resource to help Medicare beneficiaries. There is no fee to meet with a counselor, but an appointment is needed.

Appointments can be made by calling MMAP at 800-803- 7174. Availability is limited and appointments are filled on a first come, first-served basis. Beneficiaries can also receive counseling by phone.

MMAP encourages beneficiaries to review their Medicare options during Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period. During the Open Enrollment Period Medicare beneficiaries can:

  • Join a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan for the first time
  • Switch Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans.
  • Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan or vice versa
  • Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan

Changes in coverage will take effect on January 1, 2018.

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is a nonprofit that serves older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers in a six-county region that includes Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties. Other services from the AAA 1-B include an Information and Assistance telephone line that helps older adults and their families find local programs and resources, in-home care services that help lower income seniors stay living in the community, and senior health and wellness classes that can help older adults prevent falls or manage chronic pain or diabetes.

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