Aging agency answers questions for seniors about Medicare plan

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) – Seniors have a month left to sign up for a popular prescription drug benefit, but enrolling in the Medicare Part D program can be confusing and time-consuming.

That's why the White River Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA) is holding several events in its 10- county coverage area to help simplify the process of picking a plan.

The agency hosted a Medicare Part D fair Thursday morning in Jackson County at the Newport Business Resource Center.

Seniors could come and compare plans to help cover their prescription drug costs.

Erin Walters was one of several trained counselors on hand to assist with the comparisons.

She says it is always a good idea to compare plans each year since they are often known to change.

"We want to make everyone's quality of life better and help them get in the best plan for them, help them save some money and we have no interest in which plan they choose," said Walters, who serves as the WRAAA care manager in Jackson County. "We just want them to choose the best one for them."

If people were unable to attend the fair Thursday, another will be held in Newport on Tuesday, December 4.

Visit the St. Bernard Senior Life Center on Hout Circle from 9 a.m. to noon that day.

People can also call the WRAAA main office at 870-612-3000 to set up an appointment at their local aging agency to review different plans.

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