Updated February 23 at 11:56am
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Medicare prescription drug workshop scheduled

(Middletown, R.I.) --- Child & Family and the Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs (DEA) will host a Medicare Part D Workshop for Newport County residents receiving Medicare. This special …

(Middletown, R.I.) --- Child & Family and the Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs (DEA) will host a Medicare Part D Workshop for Newport County residents receiving Medicare. This special workshop will be held between the hours of 10am and 3pm on Thursday December 10th at the new Child and Family Community Center located at 31 John Clarke Road in Middletown.

According to David Bell, Director of Senior Services for Child and Family, “The workshop will allow Medicare beneficiaries to review their Part D plan options for the coming year. We will have Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) volunteers and staff from community agencies available on site to help Medicare beneficiaries with their Part D plan choices in a one-on-one setting.” Open Annual Enrollment for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Medicare Part D) runs from November 15th through December 31.

During the Annual Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries can join a Part D Medicare Prescription Drug insurance plan. They can also change to a different Part D plan. Persons entitled to Hospital Insurance and Medical Insurance through Medicare are eligible to participate in a Medicare Prescription drug insurance plan as well.

“We are pleased to offer Newport County Seniors this service,” stated Peter M. DiBari, President & CEO of Child and Family. “Our staff is prepared to provide answers to the many questions posed by the members of our senior community. It is so important to present a clear and easy to understand description of each plan offered.”

For additional information, call the RI Department of Elderly Affairs at 401-462-3000 or call Child & Family’s Elder Services at 401-849-2300.

When and where:

The Medicare Part D Workshop for Newport County residents is scheduled for Thursday, December 10th at the new Child & Family Community Center, 31 John Clarke Road, Middletown (10:00am – 3:00pm).

About Child and Family Elder Services:

Our experienced elder care specialists will talk to you honestly and confidentially about your loved one’s situation. Whatever your need: home care services ,respite care, adult day services, dealing with depression or neglect ,home delivered meals, crime victim support ,housing advice. We can provide or arrange for respectful, reliable care. You can count on our support. Our volunteers visit the homebound elderly or those who are handicapped, to provide companionship and caring support. Volunteers will write a letter, play cards, chat or even drive you to a medical appointment.

We connect elders and their caregivers to community resources relating to housing options, health insurance advice, obtaining medical equipment, snow removal, and support groups for caregivers. Our Information and Referral Specialist is on duty 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Child & Family is a private, 501(c) 3 Social Service Agency. Every day since 1866, members of the Newport County community have come together at C&F to receive help, to give help and to support the work of others. 365 days a year, C&F is working to provide compassionate care to all those who are in need. With an outstanding reputation, solid financial history and exceptional professional staff, C&F is the oldest and largest social service agency in Newport County. It is where people turn for help with personal and family emergencies and crisis.

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