October into December can be a challenging time for older adults as they enroll in Medicare. For some, the process can be overwhelming, so to have assistance along the way is always appreciated. Through the help of a Johnson County Extension office program, this year, extension agent Denise Dias says the office was able to save residents $363,773, compared to $218,403 in 2017.
“One elderly resident was shocked, and nearly moved to tears, when we helped her save $1,200 per year by changing her prescription drug plan,” Dias said. “She shared that she will now enjoy a special treat to celebrate.”
Residents who participated in the extension office’s Medicare enrollment program saved an average of $3,566. Dias personally helped more than 100 residents. She also facilitated a special hearing-impaired counseling session for five residents. With the assistance of sign-language interpreters, volunteers were able to help them fully understand their enrollment options. Dias says the success of this initiative, has sparked interest from State of Kansas partners to host an all-day workshop for these clients next year.
“It’s such a wonderful feeling to be able to help individuals who are largely on a fixed income achieve savings,” Dias said.
Although the Medicare enrollment period has closed, contact Dias if you have questions about next year’s enrollment process, at 913-715-7000, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.