Vaccines Available at Medicare Monday in October

By Eileen Doherty, M.S. ~

DENVER, CO – New Medicare cards, out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs, changes to disenrollment from Medicare Advantage Plans, and new guidelines for prescription drug plans concerning opioid use are among the changes that will be discussed at Medicare Monday.

Medicare beneficiaries can get the latest information at a one of the many Medicare Monday sessions starting October 15, 2018, on premiums, deductibles, and co-pays for Medicare Part A and B and D, as well as information on Medicare Advantage plans that are available in the markets throughout Colorado. Experts from the Colorado Gerontological Society will deliver the presentations.

This year The Society is partnering with Walgreens Pharmacy. Flu, pneumonia, shingles, and whooping cough vaccines will be available at all of the locations. Individuals who wish to take advantage of any of the vaccines are encouraged to pre-register at www.senioranswers.org or call 1-866-294-3971 so Walgreens will have enough vaccines available.

Medicare Monday educational programs will start on October 15 at Northglenn Senior Center, Northglenn; Schlessman Family YMCA, Denver: Servicios de LaRaza (in Spanish), Denver: Commons at Hilltop, Grand Junction; The Inn at Garden Plaza, Colorado Springs; and Windsor Gardens, Denver. Time and locations vary, so check the website or call for more details.

Other sessions will follow on October 22 in Denver, Greeley, Westminster, Aurora, and Carbondale. They will be followed with sessions on October 29 in Centennial, Littleton, and Alamosa. Sessions will also be held in Commerce City on October 25 (in Spanish or call 1-855-880-4777 for a reservation), in Salida on October 30, and in Montrose and Delta on November 7.

In addition to vaccines, information will be available on Advance Care Directives, new rules for Extra Help, and the Medicare Savings Program.

Individuals can also schedule a counseling session to discuss their personal Medicare situation if they need more information or are unable to attend a Medicare Monday event. University of Colorado School of Pharmacy students will be available for appointments to do drug reviews and provide phone counseling or in-person sessions for individuals who need for help enrolling in a prescription drug plan.

Medicare Monday sessions are free. Individuals who wish to take advantage of any of the vaccines, will need to provide a copy of their Medicare card and their insurance card so Walgreens can bill their insurance for the vaccines. Call 1-866-294-3971 or visit www.senioranswers.org to make your reservations. Just have questions and can’t attend a Medicare Monday near you – call and ask to talk to a counselor.

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty, MS is the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society. Her areas of expertise include management and administration of nonprofit organizations, education and training on issues related to older adults, advocacy and policy development on senior issues, and clinical practice in working with seniors and families to manage their lives in the later years. She has been the Director of the Society since 1982. She teaches Nonprofit Management for Fort Hays State University.