MURRIETA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Seniors who are on Medicare have some important choices to make before the end of the year. As a community service, Tri-Valley Medical Group is sponsoring free seminars to help them make critical decisions about their health care in 2011.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has eliminated the “open enrollment period” that was previously offered from January through March. That means seniors must lock in their Medicare coverage choice for 2011 during the upcoming annual enrollment period, from November 15 to December 31. Whatever coverage they select will remain in place for all of 2011, so seniors need to be sure they do their homework before selecting their coverage.
In order to help seniors select the best coverage option for them, Tri-Valley Medical Group is offering free Medicare Plan Comparison Seminars. Unbiased insurance representatives can help seniors review and compare the benefits of available Medicare plans, check prescription coverage and cost, and find the plan that saves them the most money. Participants will also learn about the Medicare plans accepted at Tri-Valley Medical Group.
In addition, the seminars will provide information on other changes to Medicare that health care reform will bring in 2011 and beyond. Seniors will learn about future cost savings on premiums and coinsurance, new benefits such as free preventive care and better chronic care, and more affordable prescription drugs.
Seniors are often inundated during annual enrollment with marketing materials and hefty packets of information that can be overwhelming and confusing. In addition to the Medicare Plan Comparison Seminars, seniors can schedule individual appointments during which representatives can check to see if a senior’s prescriptions are covered, help them calculate the cost of prescriptions under various plans, and enroll them in the Medicare plan of their choice. Sales materials and applications will be available at every meeting for those who wish enroll right away. The Medicare plan comparison service is intended to help seniors cut through the marketing hype and find the plan with the best benefits for them.
Tri-Valley Medical Group is a multi-specialty group with locations in Murrieta, Sun City and Temecula. The group consists of seven Tri-Valley Internal Medicine Group physicians who have recently joined together with local OB/GYN, Rheumatology and Endocrinology physicians to form Tri-Valley Medical Group. The physicians are affiliated with the new Loma Linda University Medical Center - Murrieta hospital scheduled to open in early 2011.
Seminars are open to all seniors at no cost or obligation and will be offered four times at various locations in Menifee/Sun City, Temecula and Murrieta. Dates and times are:
- Tuesday, November 16 at 10 am – Kay Ceniceros Senior Center in Menifee/Sun City
- Wednesday, November 17 at 1 pm – Mary Phillips Senior Center in Temecula
- Monday, November 22 at 11 am – Comfort Inn & Suites Murrieta
- Wednesday, December 8 at 11 am – Murrieta Public Library
Seminar times and locations are also available at the website, www.trivalleymedicalgroup.com. Because of the popularity of this event, early registration is essential. Seniors may attend a Medicare Plan Comparison Seminar or request an individual appointment. To make a seminar reservation or arrange an individual appointment, call Tri-Valley Medical Group at (951) 894-4665.
for Tri-Valley Medical Group
Dr. Victor Nguyen, (951) 894-4665
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