Senior agency offers flu vaccination/Medicare counseling events

The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) will host two combination flu vaccination/Medicare counseling events in the coming months. The first will be Oct. 12 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon at the Oneonta Senior Center. The second will be Nov. 9 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon at the Snead Senior Center.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommends all adults 65 and older and people under 65 who have a chronic illness such as heart disease or lung disease get vaccinated. The vaccine is offered at no cost to Medicare beneficiaries and those with Medicare Advantage Plans.

At the same session, counselors can help Medicare beneficiaries narrow down their options from the vast selection of policies available to choose a Medicare Part D prescription plan or Medicare Advantage Plan that best fits their needs. Subscribers can then change their policies without penalty during the Medicare open enrollment period of Nov. 15 through Dec. 31.

“Helping individuals narrow down their choices now gives them time to carefully consider which plan works best for them before making a decision in November or December,” said Kelly Flick, director of programs for M4A.