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The Local Take Talks Medicare Enrollment With Georgia Cares

Georgia Cares offers assistance to seniors for Medicare coverage

Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCLK is made possible in part by Georgia Cares.  Saturday, August 5 at 7:00 a.m. on The Local Take on WCLK,  I'll talk with Sharonda Madison of Georgia Cares about Medicare and the upcoming Open Enrollment period which will begin October 15. 

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the bill that led to the Medicare and Medicaid. The original Medicare program included Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). Today these 2 parts are known as the "OriginalMedicare.”  I ask Ms. Madison to share with us the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. 

Sharonda goes on to explain that Medicare is a federal insurance program for citizens 65 or older and for disabled citizens. She explains that you will need to sign up for Medicare before turning 65 or face penalties.

In addition, now Medicare comes in four parts:   Part A covers Hospital costs, Part B covers Medical costs, Part C is the Advantage program and Part D covers Drugs.  There are also Medi-Gap plans that range from F - N, these program provide numerous options including vision to dental coverage.

If you're confused, that's where Georgia Cares can offer assistance.  This state funded agency can come to your church or community center and provide an overview for seniors who have questions about their Medicare coverage or who are interested in one of the Medi-Gap plans. 

Open enrollment begins October 15 through December 7 for plans that will go into effect on January 1, 2018. 

For more information on Georgia Cares click the link or call 1-866-552-4464