Medicare Coverage Counseling Now Available, Says Cox
Rep. Jim Cox (R- Berks) is encouraging residents to seek help when considering changes in the Medicare coverage for 2008, noting that Dec. 31 is the deadline to make changes to prescription drug coverage for the new year.
One such counseling service is the APPRISE Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the local Area Agency on Aging. APPRISE is a free service provided to all Medicare beneficiaries, as well as their families and caregivers to help individuals select coverage that best suits their individual needs.
Trained volunteer counselors are available to provide assistance regarding a wide range of topics. Commonly requested information often deals with Medicare and Medicaid eligibility and benefits, selection of Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plans, Medicare Managed Care programs, long-term care insurance as well as several other programs. APPRISE can also help individuals with various paperwork, such as filing a claim or appealing an existing one.
Though changes to one’s Medicare coverage can be made after the deadline, it is only permitted under certain circumstances. This is just one more piece of information with which APPRISE can provide you.
 For more information, individuals can visit Rep. Cox’s Web site at or call APPRISE at 1-800-783-7067.
Rep. Jim Cox
129th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(610) 670-0139
(717) 772-2435
Contact: Joe Pistorio
(717) 787-2932
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