Some seniors may not be aware that one or more of their current medications may not be covered by their particular Medicare plan for the next year. That could put many in a precarious predicament. "Well, I can't take it then. Plus I have other medication," said Ms. Casterline. "It would kill them," added Mr. Mills who said, "They need the medicine. If you're over a certain limit and (it costs) too much then you can't get it."
That's where a Pennsylvania program steps in to help. It's called APPRISE. The APPRISE program provides free health care insurance counseling for Medicare recipients. Counselors help older Pennsylvanians select the coverage that best suits their needs and helps them avoid potentially costly insurance mistakes.
The specially trained APPRISE volunteers are scheduled to come to senior citizen centers throughout the area including those under the Luzerne Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging Program. Their visits coincide with the Medicare Open Enrollment period from October 15th through December 7th. "I'll be here. I'll enroll in it," said Ms. Casterline.
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