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One-On-One Counseling
Focuses On Medicare

Released: October 30, 2008

Release # 08099

Karen Grava, Media Communications
(860) 486-3530

WEST HARTFORD, CT — One-on-one counseling is being offered at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work for Medicare beneficiaries to help them evaluate their Part D prescription drug plan options for 2009. 

The Medicare Part D counseling event will be held in the Zachs Community Room at the UConn School of Social Work, 1798 Asylum Avenue, on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Flu shots will also be administered by the VNA Healthcare of Greater Hartford.

This event is co-sponsored by UConn, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and CHOICES (Connecticut’s Program for Health Insurance Assistance, Outreach, Information and Referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening). 

Medicare is encouraging beneficiaries, their caregivers and family members to review 2009 Medicare prescription drug plans as the annual open enrollment period, which begins on Nov. 15, approaches.

“Some beneficiaries may see significant premium increases or changes, such as reduced coverage in the gap, if they stay in the same prescription drug plan in 2009.  This year it is especially important, now and throughout the upcoming open enrollment period, for beneficiaries to use our online tools to compare their current drug and health plan coverage to the options available for 2009 and take action to choose a plan that best meets their needs,” said Kerry Weems, CMS acting administrator.

             CHOICES counselors and students from the Schools of Pharmacy and Social Work will be available to assist Medicare beneficiaries to compare prescription drug coverage plans and to view premiums, formularies and availability of coverage in the gap.

“This event is a rare opportunity for seniors to obtain in-person assistance,” says Peter Tyczkowski, coordinator of educational outreach for the UConn School of Pharmacy.  “It is also a good opportunity for students from our social work and pharmacy programs to interact with them.”

Student pharmacists will also assist attendees in preparing a File of Life, a mini- medical history.

Medicare beneficiaries should bring a list of the prescription drugs they are taking to assist with the personalized Medicare Part D prescription drug counseling.

Visitors may park on Asylum Avenue across from the campus. Shuttle service will be provided to the Zachs Community room at the School of Social Work.


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