Medicare Workshop for Boomers

The Annual Enrollment Period for Part D drug plans and Part C Medicare Advantage plans begins October 15 and will end December 7. PASSAGES Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) is providing several community workshops titled What’s New in Medicare for 2014 to help Medicare beneficiaries make the best choice possible for their health care needs in the coming year. These workshops will explain changes in drug plans, which plans will be remaining in the area, which plans will be leaving and will also be available to answer questions about Medicare Advantage plans.


Ronda Kramer, HICAP program manager wants Medicare beneficiaries to know that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period should not be confused with the Insurance Exchange enrollment period. She warns beneficiaries to be on the alert for insurance agents using aggressive tactics to sell health care coverage that is meant for those seeking coverage through the Insurance Exchange. Misinforming beneficiaries would be considered fraud. Fraudsters are very active this time of year. Seniors and others on Medicare who participate in the exchange in error may experience complications with their coverage and potential premium penalties with Medicare in the future.

Workshops for the month of November are scheduled for the following dates:


  • November 13, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Lakeside Pavilion, 2565 Lakeside Village, Chico
  • November 20, 2014 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM, Paradise Senior Center, 877 Nunnely Road, Paradise


This is a free workshop and registration is required. For more information, call HICAP at PASSAGES at 1-800-434-0222 or 530-898-6716. If your group or agency would like a workshop, contact Ronda Kramer at 530-898-6067.  And remember, HICAP does not sell or endorse any insurance products.