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SHINE can help in choosing Medicare plan

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SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, can assist Medicare recipients in making the best informed decision for the 2013 Medicare Part D Drug Plan or Medicare Advantage Plan.  Each site will have a short presentation followed by individual counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased, and confidential counseling. 

   Low Income Medicare beneficiaries should ask about Extra Help (LIS) to help pay for  2013 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan costs.  

   Each Medicare recipient should being their Medicare Card, the 2012 Plan card (if any), and all prescription drug bottles, or a 90-day listing of prescriptions from a pharmacy.

To be referred to a SHINE site or a SHINE volunteer, call 1-800-262-2243.

SHINE volunteers will be at the following sites: 

n Bronson Public Library, Bronson 

Wednesday, Nov.  7, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

n Cedar Key Public Library, Cedar Key

Wednesday, Nov.  7, 10 a.m.-noon

n Chiefland

Friday, Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Chiefland Health Fair-Save A Lot

Wednesday, Nov.  21, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Chiefland Senior Center

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Chiefland Senior Center

n Williston Public Library, Williston

Wednesday, Nov.  7, 9 a.m.-noon

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-noon

n Yankeetown

Wednesday, Nov.  14, 9 a.m.-noon, A. F. Knotts Library

Saturday-Sunday,  Nov.  17-18, all day, Yankeetown Seafood Festival

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, A.F. Knotts Library