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Welcome to the website for the YC Area Agency on Aging

The primary focus of the York County Area Agency on Aging is to provide education, advocacy and coordination of community-based services to empower older adults to maximize their independence and quality of life. 


APPRISE is now Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight, PA MEDI

APPRISE is now Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight, PA MEDI – Same Program, Same Services for Pennsylvania’s Medicare Beneficiaries, now with a New Name.

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Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight (PA MEDI) offers free Medicare counseling to older Pennsylvanians. PA MEDI Counselors are specially trained to answer your questions and provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance. 

PA MEDI Counselors do not sell Medicare products but rather offer current, unbiased Medicare education to help you make the most informed choice about the Medicare options available to you.

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Call the York County Area Agency on Aging at 717-771-9008 or 1-800-632-9073.


Upcoming Pre-Retiree Seminars

Are you near retirement or recently retired, and confused about choosing Medicare plans?  We can help!  Attend one of these free virtual seminars from the comforts of your home!  Choose the session that fits your schedule.  You will get the facts and learn to better navigate the Medicare system.

WHEN:            Thursday, January 27, 2022
                         Thursday, February 24, 2022
                         Thursday, March 17, 2022
                         
HOW:               ZOOM

TIME:               6 – 8:30 pm  

These free events will be presented by the Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight, PA MEDI, formerly the York County Area Agency on Aging APPRISE Program.   

Seminar topics include:  

  • Review of benefits provided under Medicare
  • Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plan coverage options
  • Medicare prescription drug coverage and tools to navigate the “Drug Plan Finder”
  • Medicare Savings Programs
  • Medicare Preventive Services
  • Supplemental Insurance/Medigap Plans
  • MyMedicare.gov and other technological tools

Pre-registration and a valid email address are required.  Please call 717-771-9008 or 1-800-632-9073 or email aging@yorkcountypa.gov for registration and further information.  


A Second Chance to Switch Medicare Advantage Plans

A new opportunity to switch Medicare Advantage/Part C plans is happening right now. The annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP) runs from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31 and offers anyone enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan an opportunity to:

  • Switch from one Part C plan to another, or
  • Switch from a Part C plan to Original Medicare and add Part D prescription drug coverage.

Think of the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period acts as an exchange period. Instead of having to keep a Part C plan you chose during the Annual Election Period (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7) for a full year, you can switch immediately after your new plan becomes effective on Jan. 1. Your new plan then goes into effect one month later. You are only allowed to switch one time during the annual MA OEP.

Many circumstances may warrant the use of the MA OEP. You may realize the doctor you want to see is not in-network for the plan you chose, or your out-of-pocket costs are higher than expected. Maybe you want freedoms not offered by Medicare Advantage plans like visiting any Medicare-approved doctor regardless of network coverage. Whatever the reason, you now have an opportunity to do so without facing any penalties. If you decide to switch to Original Medicare and enroll in a Medigap plan, check with your State Health Insurance Assistance Program for Medigap enrollment information.

Two Opportunities

The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period consists of two separate periods in which you can exchange plans. The previously discussed annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP) runs from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31. There’s also an individual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period that starts and ends depending on when you first enroll in Medicare. The difference between the two periods is:

  • The annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period, Jan. 1 – Mar. 31, is for anyone already enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan at the start of the year (Jan. 1) and would like to change coverage.
  • The individual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period is only for new Medicare beneficiaries who enroll in a Medicare Part C plan during the first three months they have Medicare. These individuals have an opportunity to enroll in another Part C plan or return to Original Medicare and a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan.

Both periods offer the same enrollment options, either switch from one Part C plan to another, or switch from a Part C plan to Original Medicare and add Part D prescription drug coverage. The only difference is when you’re allowed to do so.

If you have any questions or need assistance searching for a new Medicare Advantage plan, please call PA MEDI at 717-771-9008 or email aging@yorkcountypa.gov.

Source: NCOA

     

 

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