Bayonne offers pre-screening for Medicare programs

Seniors can make appointments to prepare themselves for open enrollment

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Mayor James Davis announced that the Bayonne Office On Aging will host its annual Medicare open enrollment pre-screening sessions.

The sessions will take place on select Tuesdays and Thursdays in September and October at the City Council Chambers in City Hall at 630 Avenue C between 27th and 28th Streets.

Bayonne seniors must make an appointment prior to arriving.

Participants must wear masks and gloves and maintain social distancing to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

Participants must sign a disclaimer, have all necessary documents, and be able to communicate independently.

One-on-one help

The pre-screenings are designed to prepare Bayonne seniors for the open enrollment for Medicare. That period starts October 15 and runs through December 7, for coverage that takes effect on January 1, 2021.

Mayor Davis said, “I would like to encourage our senior residents who need Medicare enrollment assistance to make an appointment to come to the City Council Chambers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 24 to October 13.”

Appointments will be available between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“These pre-screening sessions will provide a great opportunity for Medicare recipients to learn about a variety of healthcare choices,” Davis said.

Medicare participants may come to only one appointment on one of the announced dates. The sessions will give residents the opportunity to review their current Medicare coverage.

They can compare plan options, including Part D prescription drug plans and lowering premium costs.

Information about Pharmaceutical Assistance for the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) and Senior Gold Discount Programs will be available.

At each session, the public will receive one-on-one help from the Bayonne Office On Aging.

Call the Bayonne Office On Aging at 201-858-6119 to make appointments and receive more information.

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