Dauphin County to offer free Medicare 101 sessions

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To help Medicare enrollees select plans that best fit their needs,  Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III and the county’s Area Agency on Aging will host free “Medicare 101” seminars throughout the county.

“We’ve received so many calls and requests for help that we’ve decided to expand the APPRISE program this year and offer several seminars at local senior centers,” said Hartwick, who oversees the county Area Agency on Aging. “It’s a great opportunity to have all your questions about Medicare enrollment answered.”

The sessions are conducted by APPRISE program counselors, who are trained to help Medicare participants with assessing their coverage options, checking qualification for low-income programs, navigating enrollment and giving easy-to-understand answers to questions about Medicare.

Seminars will be held this year at the following locations:


Millersburg Senior Center, 109 Edward Drive, Millersburg

  • May 13
  • September 9


Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey

  • March 19
  • May 21
  • July 16
  • September 17
  • November 19


Rutherford House Senior Center, 3300 Parkview Lane, Harrisburg

  • April 23
  • June 18
  • August 20
  • October 15
  • December 10


All seminars will begin at 9 a.m.  No registration is necessary.

Medicare recipients also have the opportunity to get personalized help from APPRISE counselors after the seminars or at a different time.  Please contact the county Area Agency on Aging’s APPRISE program at 717-780-6130 to register for a one-on-one appointment and bring a list of medications.

“If you have any questions regarding your options, please call and schedule a meeting with an APPRISE counselor,” said Haste.  “These well-trained volunteers can help you navigate the process of Medicare enrollment.”

“Medicare plans can change from year to year,” said Pries. “We are hosting these free seminars for Medicare beneficiaries and their families so that they can carefully review their options and select the best plans for them.”