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photo of senior getting help with Medicare D enrollmentSherry Kolbe, Manager
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Baltimore County Department of Aging

Is your Medicare Part D plan the best fit for you in 2015? Each year, Part D plans are permitted to change. These changes may involve the drug formularies, tier structures, premiums and/or contracts with pharmacies.

Granted, the plans sent Notification of Change letters at the end of September for 2015, but how many of us actually read them? Even if you read them, you are not able to compare your plan with others unless you go onto the Medicare Plan Finder on www.Medicare.gov.

Too overwhelming? Help is here in Baltimore County

If all of these steps seem a bit overwhelming for you or a loved one, there is help for you through Baltimore County’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program’s (SHIP) team of volunteers.  Dates have been set for the SHIP team to go to twelve of the twenty senior centers. Just call SHIP, 410-887-2059, to schedule an appointment to have a one-on-one conversation with a volunteer counselor. Once a member of the team enters your drugs into the Medicare Plan Finder, you will be able to review your options to either enroll in a new plan or stay in your current plan. You will be able to leave this meeting with a sense of satisfaction knowing you are in the best plan for your current drug list for 2015.

Do you qualify for financial assistance?

Counselors will also assess if you eligible for financial assistance to help pay for your Part D premium and or drug co-pays. Too many Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for assistance and may never have heard of the programs or think they are over-scale. Let the SHIP team share with you the details of programs that may help to save you money


Senior Expo photoEthel Rasmussen
Baltimore County Department of Aging

Discover the Power of Age by attending the Baltimore County Department of Aging’s Baby Boomer/Senior Expo on October 9 and 10 at the Timonium Fairgrounds. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday. Parking is free of charge and shuttles will be available from the parking lots and the Timonium Light Rail station.

Delight in free giveaways, including a night light sponsored by BGE and GBMC with admission. Admission to Expo is a great value for the resources, entertainment and more provided for only $2.00 or two non-perishable food items.  All proceeds benefit the Seniors in Need Fund.

Find a multitude of resources from over 300 exhibitors providing older adults and caregivers with valuable information on travel, home repairs, housing, energy options, fitness, financial planning and healthcare as well as products and services to purchase for gifts or personal treats.

Dance with the top of the line continuous entertainment on the Main Stage including The Original Drifters. Further, from Barbershop to Free Zumba Classes, Expo will put pep in your step and song in your heart.

Protect yourself at Expo with a flu shot or a variety of free preventive health screenings available.  Also, the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program will be available to counsel you on your Medicare Part D plan selection.

Win an outstanding item from the Living Life to the Fullest Silent Auction.  From a stay at an oceanfront condo in Ocean City to Orioles tickets to local gift cards to autographed Ravens memorabilia, the Auction has lots to bid on until 2p.m. on Thursday, October 10.

Visit the best two days of entertainment and resources for older adults, caregivers, professionals, baby boomers and more.  It is an event for all ages! 

For more information, visit www.seniorexpoonline.com or call 410-887-2594.


Senior ExpoContributed by Ethel Rasmussen
Baltimore County Department of Aging

Energize your life or a loved one’s by attending the Baltimore County Department of Aging’s Silver Anniversary of Baby Boomer/Senior Expo on October 10 and 11 at the Timonium Fairgrounds. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday. Parking is free of charge and shuttles will be available from the parking lots and the Timonium Light Rail station.

Delight in free giveaways, including a -tote bag sponsored by BGE and GBMC with admission. Admission to Expo is a great value for the resources, entertainment and more provided for only $2.00 or two non-perishable food items. All proceeds benefit the Fund for Needy Seniors.

Discover a multitude of resources from over 250 exhibitors providing seniors with valuable information on travel, home repairs, housing, fitness, financial planning and healthcare as well as products and services to purchase for gifts or personal treats.

Dance with the top of the line continuous entertainment on the Main Stage including The Fabulous Hubcaps and Jr. Cline and the Recliners. Further, from fashion shows to free zumba classes, Expo will put pep in your step and song in your heart.

Protect yourself at Expo with a flu shot or a variety of free preventive health screenings available. Also, the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program will be available to counsel you on your Medicare Part D plan selection.

Win an outstanding item from the Eye on the Prize Silent Auction.  From airline to Orioles tickets and local gift cards to an autographed Bob Dylan electric guitar, the Auction has lots to bid on until 2p.m. on Thursday, October 11.

Visit the best two days of entertainment and resources for older adults, caregivers, professionals, baby boomers and more.  It is an event for all ages! 

For more information, visit www.seniorexpoonline.com or call 410-887-2594.


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