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For York County seniors, free Medicare counseling available

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

The York County Area Agency on Aging is scheduling free Medicare benefits counseling  sessions for senior citizens.

Trained counselors will meet one-on-one with seniors between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, the open enrollment period for 2019 coverage. The assistance is provided through the state's APPRISE health insurance counseling program, designed to help older Pennsylvanians understand their benefits.

During open enrollment, Medicare beneficiaries can review their plans and make any necessary changes in their coverage for the coming year.

Francisca Cieo of Franklin Township, left, and Guillermina Ortiz of York City listen to Tadd Hoffman, a Family First Health coordinator, during a health presentation for seniors Wednesday at the White Rose Senior Center. Cieo volunteers at the center. Seniors looking for help updating their Medicare plans can get help through the York County Area Agency on Aging's Apprise program.

Sessions will be held at different times and locations,  as listed below. To schedule an appointment, call 717-771-9042 or 1-800-632-9073.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4 to 6:30 p.m., South Western High School, 200 Bowman Road, Hanover.
  • Friday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Kennard-Dale High School, 393 Main St., Fawn Grove.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4 to 7 p.m., York Suburban High School, 1800 Hollywood Drive, Spring Garden.                                             
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Spring Grove Area High School, 1490 Roth's Church Road, Spring Grove.
  • Monday, Oct. 29, 4 to 7 p.m., West York Area High School, 1800 Bannister St., West Manchester Township.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1 to 3 p.m., Red Land High School, 560 Fishing Creek Road, Lewisberry.
  • Thursday, Nov. 1, 4 to 7 p.m., Dallastown Area Senior High School, 700 New School Lane, Dallastown.
  • Monday, Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Spiritrust Lutheran (Zimmerman Place) 800 Bollinger Drive, Shrewsbury.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Spring Grove Area High School, 1490 Roth's Church Road, Spring Grove.
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 1 to 4 p.m., Northeastern High School, 300 High St., Manchester.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 to 6:30 p.m., South Western High School, 200 Bowman Road, Hanover.
  • Monday, Nov. 19, 4 to 7 p.m., West York Area High School, 1800 Bannister St., West Manchester Township.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Red Lion High School, 200 Horace Mann Ave., Red Lion.
  • Monday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Central Senior Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 4 to 7 p.m., York Suburban High School, 1800 Hollywood Drive, Spring Garden.                                      
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 3-5, 9 a.m. to noon, York County Area Agency on Aging, 100 W. Market St., York City.