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Medicare Open Enrollment Starts October 15 and Runs through December 7

OCTOBER 15, 2015 (Scarborough, ME) – Now is the time to make plans to review your Medicare Drug Plans or Medicare Advantage plans. Mainers on Medicare are advised to make an appointment with their local Area Agency on Aging to review their options for 2016, because premiums and benefits may change. Our staff and volunteers  are fully-trained ,certified SHIP counselors that can help you to navigate Medicare and the complexity in choosing drug plans with deductibles, co-pays and falling into the coverage gap (the so called the “donut hole”). This process can be confusing, time consuming, and involving many steps (including using the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website)—let SMAA help. Last year SMAA counselors saved clients and estimated $750,000 on their Rx costs!

Any changes to Medicare Drug Plans or Medicare Advantage Plans need to be made during Medicare’s Open Enrollment period, which begins October 15 and ends December 7, 2015.

SMAA is offering Open Enrollment sessions in 21 locations throughout Southern Maine. We have also added 5 new locations for this year’s OEP for appointments (noted with *). Please see the list below.

Appointments are required and fill quickly—sign-up today! Some evening appointments are available.

The SMAA Medicare Appointment Line will be open starting 9/1/2015. To schedule an appointment, call at 396-6524, or statewide, toll-free 877-353-3771. For the Bridgton Community Center please call 647-3116 directly FMI.

1-on-1 Appointment Locations

Biddeford, McArthur Library
Bridgton Community Center (please call 647-3116 FMI)
Falmouth, Stewart Center*
Freeport Community Library
Kennebunk, St. Martha’s Church
Kennebunk Senior Center
Portland, Woodfords Church
Parsonsfield, Town Office
Saco, Dyer Library
Sanford, Southern Maine HealthCare (formerly Goodall Hospital)
Scarborough, Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA)
South Portland, Redbank Village Office
Standish Municipal Center
Westbrook Community Center
Westbrook, Larrabee Village*
Windham, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
York Hospital

About the Southern Maine Agency on Aging
Since 1973, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging has provided residents of York and Cumberland counties with resources and assistance to address the issues and concerns of aging. The Agency serves people ages 60 and older, family caregivers, and people under 60 with a disability. Agency services are devoted to fulfilling its mission of improving the social, emotional, physical and economic well-being of older adults in southern Maine.