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For immediate release - December 9, 2005

Lake County teams with other local agencies to assist elders with new Medicare prescription program

TAVARES — Three upcoming educational forums are designed to provide information to elderly residents about the new Medicare Part D prescription-drug program.

The Lake County Elder Affairs Coordinating Council is teaming with state Rep. Hugh Gibson, Mid-Florida Community Services, Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation of Lake County and South Lake Hospital to present two forums on Monday, Dec. 19, at Minneola City Hall, located at 800 N. U.S. Highway 27.

At the two Dec. 19 sessions, one at 11 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m., experts from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Social Security Administration and SHINE, a volunteer group that advises elder people on insurance issues, will share details about the benefits of the new program. The agency representatives will also explain who is eligible for the new program, how to apply, eligibility of help with the costs of the program and how to get free help with making decisions about the program.

Elderly residents who are still seeking information to help them make decisions about enrollment in the new prescription drug program are urged to attend. Seating is limited for each session to the first 275 guests. Light refreshments will be served.

A third forum is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12, at Lake Receptions, located at 4425 Highway 19A, Mount Dora, from 1 to 4 p.m. The forum will assist elderly residents who have not signed up for the new Medicare Part D prescription-drug program. Under Medicare Part D regulations, most Medicare-eligible patients must enroll in a Part D prescription plan by May 15, 2006. If they miss that deadline, their premiums will rise 1 percent per month for every month they are eligible but not enrolled.

The Lake County Elder Affairs Coordinating Council, Mid-Florida Community Services, Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation of Lake County will cosponsor the Jan. 12 forum. Seating is limited to the first 400 guests. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about these forums, call the Lake County Elder Affairs Coordinating Council at (352) 343-9454.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Public Information Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

 
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