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Counseling sessions on Medicare benefits to be held tomorrow

on November 21, 2014

The Richmond Adult School will hold a drop-in event for public education about Medicare services Saturday.

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) will provide counseling sessions about the Medicare benefits, assess personal plans, help seniors save money on their prescriptions and answer questions. Volunteers will host the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.

HICAP outreach coordinator Leah McIntosh said more than 50 people are expected. The event will be at 5625 Sutter Ave. in Richmond.

“We will be there until we help the last person,” McIntosh said.

McIntosh estimates the program has counseled more than 500 Medicare recipients about their benefits in recent months.

“But it’s a drop in a bucket considering the number of people eligible for Medicare in Contra Costa County,” McIntosh said.

HICAP is funded by several sources, including the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services, the California Department of Aging and Contra Costa County.

Medicare provides government subsidized health care services for Americans age 62 or older.

HICAP is unique; no other similar organizations provide assistance with Medicare.

Recipients must be enrolled by Dec. 24 for coverage to begin Jan. 1.

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