Medicare questions are bound to come up in a county with 72,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

So to answer those questions, the York County Area Agency on Aging's APPRISE Program will offer personalized counseling sessions during Medicare's annual enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

During that period, people with Medicare can review their coverage and determine if their current health and prescription plans are best meeting their needs, said Jenny Nace, information specialist for the York County Area Agency on Aging.

The APPRISE program is Pennsylvania's health insurance assistance program for people with Medicare.

The counselors do not sell insurance but help adults to understand their insurance options so they can make informed decisions, Nace said.

"A lot of the people we do see are very anxious, and this is just one way we can help them," Nace said.

By comparing plans and making changes during the enrollment period, Medicare will have enough time to process those changes and ensure the new coverage is effective on Jan. 1, 2013.

During last year's enrollment period, the program helped about 2,000 people from York County, said Nace.

Anyone is welcome to sign up for a one-on-one counseling session by calling the scheduling line at 771-9001.

Appointments are available at various locations throughout York County from Oct. 17 through Dec. 5.

Medicare counseling sessions from the YCAAA's APPRISE Program:

Oct. 17 and Nov. 15 York Suburban High School 4 to 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 and Nov. 7 West York High School 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Oct. 22 and Nov. 27 Spring Grove High School 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oct. 24 and Nov. 14 South Western High School 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 30 Red Lion Area High School 1 to 4 p.m.

Nov. 5 Dallastown Area High School 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 8 Kennard-Dale High School 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 13 Northeastern High School 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov. 29 Red Land High School 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 York County Area Agency on Aging 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or cshank@yorkdispatch.com