By Faye Gaston
The third quarterly community event sponsored by the Department of Human Resources (DHR) was a free one-hour educational seminar, "Medicare 101", taught by Yetevia Hardley, a Medicare representative, on November 17, 2021, in the DHR building.
It is that time of year for open enrollment with Medicare.
She explained the benefits of Medicare, the basic Medicare coverage, eligibility requirements for extra help, education on supplemental insurance, and Medicare Advantage & Prescription Drug Plans.
The seminar was well attended, and many questions were asked.
She also distributed a card with her contact information and questions that are frequently asked, such as: how do I pick the right plan to go with my Medicare; who can I call for medical claim issues; how can I save money on medications; can I travel with my plan; and am I eligible for low-income assistance and are there special plans for me.
The definition of Medicare is this: "Medicare is a national health insurance program in the United States, begun in 1965 under the Social Security Administration and now administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services."
Shundrea Smith, SSCW, gave a welcome to the seminar and introduced the speaker.
Closing remarks were given by Tracy Larkins, Director of the Bullock County DHR. She thanked Shundrea Smith for organizing the seminar, Yetevia Hardley for teaching the seminar, and the guests who attended.
Guests were invited to stay and have Ms. Hardley review individual Medicare plans.