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Seniors get answers about Medicare drug plan

November 28, 2005

Albany- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services teamed up with Congressman Sanford Bishop to kick off a week-long training program. The first two of eight sessions were held Monday.

Medicare specialists explained the program and answered questions. Seniors were also able to get one on one counseling to find out what prescription plan best fits their medical needs.

"I'm leaving here very happy let me tell you because it takes a load off it really does, and I recommend this for every senior citizen, everybody," says Lucy Poe.

"If you coverage that's as good as Medicare's it's a voluntary program, you don't need to make a decision. You have something. But if you don't that's when we start to look at people and say okay, this is the time frame you have to make a decision, and there's plenty of time," explains Gaetana Marshall, State Lead/Health Insurance Specialist.

Marshall says seniors have until May 15th to sign up before penalties kick in.

The dates and times of the remaining six sessions are:

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Southwest Georgia Technical College, 15689 U.S. Highway 19 North, Building A, Room 132, Thomasville, Georgia

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 2:00 PM-5:00 PM Valdosta State University, Magnolia Room, 1500 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia

Thursday, December 1, 2005 9:00 AM-12:00 PM AGRI-Center-Fairgrounds, Chamber #1 Building, 1213 Vada Road, Bainbridge, Georgia

Thursday, December 1, 2005 2:00 PM-5:00 PM AGRI-Center Farmers Market, 65 11th Avenue, Cairo, Georgia

Friday, December 2, 2005 9:30 AM-12:30 PM Chattahoochee Valley Regional Public Library- Main Branch, 3000 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia

Friday, December 2, 2005 2:30 PM-5:30 PM Georgia Southwestern University, Continuing Education Center, Room 100, 801 Wheatley Street, Americus, Georgia

For more information log on to http://bishop.house.gov or during normal business hours call (Albany Office) 229-439-8067, (Columbus Office) 706-329-9477, or (Valdosta Office) 229-247-9705. After business hours you may call 229-886-4776, 703-795-6632.

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