Blaine Kalb with W.R.A.A.A. Talks about Medicare Part D on KFFB’S Open Mic

General Manager and owner of KFFB 106.1, Bob Connell talks with Blaine Kalb with White River Area Agency on Aging about Medicare Part D The new Prescription Drug Enrollment begins on October 15, 2011.


Medicare’s Prescription Drug enrollment period begins Oct 15 and runs through Dec 7, 2011.  This is earlier than last year.  This is your only time to enroll in a new Prescription Drug Plan for 2012.  There are over 50 plans to choose from for 2012 and some still have the same premium.  Medicare recommends that you check out the Part D plans each year in case there is a better choice for you.

To help you, the White River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. will be conducting Enrollment Fairs in the area.  To find the enrollment
event near you call 1-800-382-3205.

Medicare beneficiaries will have an opportunity to sign up for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan beginning October 15 through December 7.  “This is earlier than in previous years”, according to Ed Haas, Executive Director of the White River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. This is the open enrollment period for all beneficiaries.    For 2012 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 2012.  Many of the 2012
plans have premiums that are the same or less than the premiums for 2011.  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.

1. Van Buren County

Wednesday, October 19,
9am-12noon  at the Clinton Senior
Center. For more information call 501-745-4002

2.  Woodruff County

Thursday,October 20 at Patterson Senior Center from   9am – 12 noon. For more information call

3Stone County

Ozarka College- Mountain View, Friday, October 21 from 9 am till 1 pm at
View. For more information call 870-269-3807

Fox School-Fox November 8,     8:30am -10:30am

Mountian View Senior Center, November 9    10:30am-12:30pm

Timbo Elementary Library, November 10,   9am to 11am

4.  Fulton County

Friday, October 21 from 9 am till 12 noon at the WRAAA Salem
Office. For more information call 870-895-4034

5. Izard County

Friday, Nov. 4,   9am– 12 noon
Ozarka College (H101 Walter B Hall Bldg.) Melbourne.
For more information call 870-368-3256

 6.  Cleburne County

Wednesday, November 9, from 9am to 12 noon  at the
WRAAA Office, Highway 110,  Heber
Springs.  For more information call

7.  Jackson County-Thursday, Nov. 10 from
9am-12noon at the Shearer Senior Center in Newport.  For more information call 870523-4982.

8.  Independence County

Tuesday, November 15 from  9am-12noon at White River Medical Center,
Conference Room A.  For more information
call 870-612-3000.

9.  White County

Wednesday November 16 from 12
noon-3pm  at the Lightle Senior Center in
Searcy. For more information call 501-279-9276.

 10.  Sharp County

Friday, November 18 from 9am to 3pm at Ozarka College, Ash
Flat.  For more information call