I’m still employed; do I have to sign up for Medicare at 65? Do I have to take Medicare at all? Isn’t Medicare free? Can I sign up later for Medicare, when I really need it? These are questions that many people ask as they approach age 65 and become eligible for Medicare.
What is Medicare? Medicare is a federal program for individuals age 65 and over who are eligible for Social Security retirement benefits. It provides hospital insurance to individuals who are eligible at no cost. Medical insurance is optional and costs are involved.
How do I know what I am eligible for? Care Connection for Aging Services and Missouri SMP will host a “Medicare by Design workshop.” This informative workshop will cover Medicare and its Parts, A, B, C and D along with how to choose between a Medicare Advantage plan, Medicare policy and/or Prescription Drug Plan (Part D). Participants will learn of additional programs available to help pay for Medicare Part B and D. Missouri’s SMP will conduct informative sessions on Medicare fraud and abuse.
To find out more about Medicare benefits and programs, make plans to attend our “Medicare by Design workshop” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. The workshop will be held at the Korth Senior Center, 309 W. Englewood, Stockton. For more information, please contact Leonard Burton at 417/876-5574.