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APPRISE

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Insurance counseling program

Overview

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging offers a free health insurance counseling program (APPRISE) designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare.

Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer your questions about Medicare and provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance.  Counselors can help you:

  • Understand your Medicare benefits by explaining what services are covered under Medicare Parts A and B and your Medicare Summary Notice
  • Understand your Medicare Prescription Drug  (Part D) benefit
  • Make informed choices about Medicare coverage options, Medigap policies and Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Understand Medicare eligibility and enrollment
  • Understand financial assistance programs that may be available to help pay for your Medicare premiums, deductible and co-pays, as well as your prescription drug needs (Extra Help and Medicare Savings Plan)
  • Understand and assist with the Medicare appeal process
  • Understand benefits under Long Term Care policies
  • By making presentations on Medicare to your group or organization

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