The Edward King House Senior Center is now taking appointments for the upcomingMedicare Open Enrollment session scheduled forOctober 15th to December 7th. By calling 401-846-7426, appointments will be scheduled for sites that include the Edward King House Senior Center,the Middletown Senior Center, Park Holme Senior Center, Donovan Manor, and the PembertonApartments in Jamestown. Please do not call the partner sites as you will be redirected to the mainappointment line.

Newport County’s Team of SHIP Counselors is ready to make open enrollment as smooth as possible. Allseniors on Medicare or entering the Medicare system are urged to make an appointment to ensure that theyare receiving the best possible service plan.OCTOBER 15th Thru DECEMBER 7this the time to makechanges, or to be sure you still have the best plan for your current needs.

  • SHIP Counselors are currently learning the changes that your current plan is going to have that willaffect you.
  • SHIP Counselors can tell you what your premium will be next year, and how much your prescriptions will cost you at all the local drug stores.
  • Do you know what your plan’s “preferred drug store is?”
  • Do you know that prices have actually gone DOWN in the last few years? You might be paying a
    higher premium for the same plan, just because you have not had your Medicare “check up!”
  • Do you hit the donut hole? Will you hit the donut hole this year? SHIP counselors can tell you when
    you will reach it, what it will cost you when you are in it, and perhaps find ways for you to avoid it.The program has saved clients thousands of dollars last year on premiums and drug costs and is notaffiliated with any insurance company, as SHIP is funded by a grant from the Department of ElderlyAffairs. Participants should bring their current list of Medications with dosage and frequency, Medicarecard and any other health insurance cards they may have to their appointment.

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