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Medicare options explained during public forum

by Caryn Haller

As many Douglas County residents reach retirement age, Medicare counselor Diane Noble decided this open enrollment season was the perfect time to hold a Medicare 101 forum.

All seniors, almost-seniors and interested family members are invited to attend the presentation 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Minden branch of the Douglas County Public Library.

The one-hour discussion will include eligibility, enrollment, original Medicare, Advantage Plans, prescription drug coverage, and financial assistance available for many seniors within a wide range of incomes.

Representatives from Senior Medicare Patrol will also discuss fraud and Medicare abuse.

"I thought this would be a good time to put the basics of Medicare out into the community," Noble said. "It's a lot to understand. There are some complexities, but it's my job to try and keep it simple."

Noble will also explain the differences between Medicare and the Affordable Care Act.

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"I know a lot of seniors are worried it's going to impact them," Noble said of the Affordable Care Act. "It's not really. It actually gives them more benefits in preventative care."

At the end of the presentation, Noble will answer any questions, as well as schedule one-on-one counseling sessions.

Open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Any changes will take effect January 2014.

Certified Medicare counselors are available free of charge to assist seniors with determining which plan is the most economical one for them.

To schedule an appointment, call 267-7907 and leave a message with your name and telephone number.

Bonnie MacQuarrye, will discuss the Affordable Care Act at the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 2167 meeting 2-4 p.m. Nov. 19 at Carson Valley United Methodist Church.

For more information on that call 265-9500, or email

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