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NEW WATERFORD – Abundant Life Fellowship, 46469 state Route 46, will host a Medicare informational meeting at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 in the church social room.

There is no charge and no sales pitches for the meeting, which will be led by Marilyn Travis, service coordinator for Harmony Village in Columbiana and a member of the church.

As part of her job, Travis deals primarily with senior citizens who are on Medicare, so she’s well-versed in options available to Medicare clients. She’s providing the information as a public service. “I’ve had it on my heart for a while to do this,” she said.

Open enrollment for making changes in a client’s Medicare provisions begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, so Travis wants to give area residents and their families an opportunity to learn more about it.

“My goal is to give them an overview of what they have and what options are available to them,” Travis said. “I have residents who come to me in tears because they have no idea what they’re supposed to do. This is an opportunity for me to share information to help families make informed decisions. I can’t tell people what to do, but I can give them lots of information,” she said. The meeting might be of particular value to family members who are making Medicare decisions for elderly parents, Travis said.

Among the topics to be discussed will be Medicare A, B and D, supplemental plans, advantage plans, savings programs, the LIS program (financial assistance with prescriptions) and differences between Medicare and Medicaid.

Whatever changes people choose to make in their Medicare coverage will take effect Jan. 1. Travis said open enrollment occurs every year, and it’s the only time of the year when changes can be made.

The meeting is open to everybody, though Medicare is primarily for those 65 and older or younger people who may be on disability.

Travis received her Medicare training through the Ohio Seniors Health Insurance Information Program.

Reservations are not needed for the meeting.

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