Lancaster County Office of Aging runs a program called PA Medi, formerly APPRISE. There are 52 PA Medi offices all over Pennsylvania. This group assists older adults with Medicare and health insurance questions all year round.
Each fall during annual open enrollment (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7), volunteer counselors from this group meet individually with beneficiaries who already have Medicare to set up an appointment to go over their Medicare plans. Some insurance companies make policy changes in fall and/or increase their yearly cost, so it’s worth having your Medicare plan reviewed to see whether your plan stays the same or not.
If it is the same and you are happy with it, no need to switch. During open enrollment you can switch from Advantage Plan to Advantage Plan or, if you have Original Medicare, you can switch your Part D prescription plan at this time. Changes made would be effective Jan. 1, 2023.
The appointments are done confidentially and in an unbiased manner. The appointment takes about one hour per person and is free of charge.
PA Medi will be accepting calls in September for setting up an appointment. They will have 20 sites all over Lancaster County, using libraries, town halls, churches, and other community locations for these meetings. When you call, you can ask for one that is close to your home.
PA Medi will also conduct these appointments in its Lancaster city office, at 150 N. Queen St., Suite 415, Lancaster, PA 17603. Please call PA Medi’s office at (717) 299-7979 in September or after that to book an appointment with a volunteer counselor.