Medicare beneficiaries will have the chance to get personalized help from APPRISE Medicare counselors at numerous locations during this year’s open enrollment period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

Medicare Advantage plans and Part D prescription drug plans are allowed to change the amounts of their plan deductibles, co-pays, and total out-of-pocket expenses—as well as drug formularies—each year, so Medicare strongly recommends beneficiaries compare their current plan against other plans available for 2018.

Changes made during the annual enrollment period will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

APPRISE counselors offer impartial assistance to Medicare beneficiaries so they can receive the most comprehensive healthcare and prescription coverage at the best price possible.

They also screen beneficiaries to determine eligibility for several benefit programs that can help with the costs of Medicare and prescription coverage.

If you are already enrolled in a Medicare Advantage or a Part D prescription drug plan, you can make an appointment to meet with an APPRISE counselor during the open enrollment period by contacting

Lancaster County Office of Aging at (717) 299-7979 or (800) 801-3070. You can also email the agency at

If you are a new Medicare beneficiary and would like to meet with a counselor for an introduction to Medicare and to enroll in secondary coverage or a prescription drug plan, you will be scheduled during a time other than one of the open enrollment period appointments.

If you are unable to come to one of the following locations for a plan comparison, please call the APPRISE program to have a comparison completed by an alternative method.

The Lancaster APPRISE program is administered through Lancaster County Office of Aging and is a local affiliate of APPRISE, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the designated State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) in Pennsylvania.

Fifty-four SHIPs in the U.S. and its territories receive grant funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide direct, local assistance to Medicare beneficiaries through one-on-one counseling sessions, presentations, and public education programs.


Lancaster County Annual Enrollment Period

Appointment Locations and Dates


Adamstown Public Library

3000 N. Reading Road, Adamstown

Monday, Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Cocalico Senior Association

156 W. Main St., Reinholds

Thursday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Columbia Senior Center

Columbia United Methodist Church

510 Walnut St., Columbia

Thursday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Denver Borough Hall

501 Main St., Denver

Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Lancaster County Office of Aging

150 N. Queen St., Suite 415, Lancaster

Monday, Oct. 16, and Thursday, Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 6, and Thursday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 13, and Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 27, and Thursday, Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 4, and Thursday, Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center

33 E. Farnum St., Lancaster

Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Lititz Public Library

651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Manheim Township Library

595 Granite Run Road, Lancaster

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Milanof-Schock Library

1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Next Gen Senior Center

184 S. Lime St., Quarryville

Monday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Quarryville Public Library

357 Buck Road, Quarryville

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1–7 p.m.

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