Medicare Begins New Prescription Drug Enrollment Period Nov 15 Area Agency on Aging to Help

Medicare beneficiaries will have an opportunity to sign up for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan beginning November 15 through December 31, the open enrollment period for all beneficiaries.    For 2009/2010 there are over 50 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans available in Arkansas.

Medicare reminds Medicare beneficiaries to review and compare their current drug coverage with the plans available in 2009/2010.  Many of the 2009/2010 plans have premiums that are the same or less than the premiums for 2008/2009.  Also, beneficiaries should check to see if they qualify for the Low Income Subsidy or Extra Help.

To assist Medicare beneficiaries, the White River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. has planned the following Enrollment Fairs to help persons compare their current drug coverage. Staff will be on hand to help persons compare their current Part D coverage or help persons enroll in a prescription drug plan.  Individuals and families can also compare coverage by going on line to .  For more information on the Enrollment Fairs call 1-800-382-3205.

Medicare beneficiaries should bring their Medicare card, Social Security card and Current Medications to the Enrollment Fair.

Nov 18 –  UACCB Campus in Batesville, Arkansas, 8am to 12 noon, Blood Pressure Screening available by Batesville Healthcare

Nov 18-  Augusta Public Library, Augusta, Arkansas, 10am to 12 noon

Nov 19 – ASU Campus in Searcy, Arkansas, Room 107, 9am to 12 noon

Nov 20 – Ozarka College, Melbourne, Hall Building, 9am to 12 noon

Nov 20 – Ozarka College, 1800 Ozarka Drive Mountain View, Arkansas, 9am to 1pm, CMC Home Health will also assist with Blood Pressure Screening

Nov 20 – Ozarka College, Ash Flat, Arkansas, 9am to 3pm.  Community Home Health will do a Blood Pressure Screening

Nov 30 – North Arkansas Electric Coop, Orange Room, Salem Arkansas, 9am to 12 noon, North Arkansas Home Health will assist will do a Blood Pressure Screening

Dec 11 – Clinton Senior Center, Clinton, Arkansas, 9am to 12 noon

Dec 17 – ASU Campus,  Heber Springs, Arkansas, 9am to 12 noon