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Office for the Aging

Posted on: September 24, 2018

OFA Offers Health Insurance Public Forums to Prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment


MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging (OFA) is once again hosting a series of county-wide Health Insurance Public Forums to provide information to seniors, veterans, and caregivers as they prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment, which runs from October 15 through December 7, 2018.

The Health Insurance Public Forums will have professionals on hand to provide information about Medicare changes for 2019, Veteran’s Health Care, and answer questions so individuals have the knowledge they need to select a plan that works best for them.  

These free, interactive forums will be held in the following three locations in Chautauqua County:

Wednesday, October 3:          

Dunkirk Senior Center

45 Star Road, Dunkirk, NY

10:30 a.m.—Health Improvement & Nutrition Education Vendor Fair

11 a.m. – Office for the Aging Public Hearing

11:30 a.m. – Light lunch served

12 p.m. – National Association of Nutrition & Aging Services with LIVE coverage

for the Washington Bulletin broadcast

1 p.m. - Medicare Open Enrollment Public Forum


Thursday, October 4:              

Findley Lake Community Center

2883 North Rd., Findley Lake, NY

1 – 3 p.m.

Hosted by Community Connections at Findley Lake


Friday, October 5:                   

Chautauqua Mall –  Medicare Open Enrollment Health Insurance Vendor Fair

Heritage Ministries Location near JCPenney

1 – 3 p.m.  Vendors:  Insurance providers, EPIC, NY Connects & Caregivers

1:30 p.m. – 2019 Medicare Update presentation

Hosted by Heritage Ministries

The first hour of each program will feature Medicare information and updates, presentations from health insurance providers on 2019 plans, Veteran’s Health Coverage and an overview of EPIC program for 2019. There will be information and enrollment opportunities for Medicare Savings Program and EPIC program. OFA Health Insurance Counselors will also be on-site to schedule HIICAP Open Enrollment appointments.

This year, on October 3 at the Dunkirk Senior Center, the OFA is happy to host the National Association of Nutrition & Aging Services, who will provide a live broadcast of their Washington Bulletin update.  Information on health, nutrition and Medicare will be a part of their presentation.  A light lunch will be provided to those attending.  In addition, the day will include community resources to support healthy eating, the OFA’s Annual Public Hearing, and flu shot clinic.

“The OFA provides year-round, unbiased, confidential health care counseling at no cost to seniors with Medicare questions,” said Office for the Aging Director Dr. Mary Ann Spanos.  “These informational forums are just another service that OFA is offering to help our seniors understand Medicare, feel comfortable about their health care coverage and have that peace of mind that they deserve.

For more information, contact any of the OFA local offices at: Dunkirk:  (716) 363- 3865; Jamestown:  (716) 661-8940; or Mayville:  (716) 753-4471


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