SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is offering a Medicare 101 seminar at the St. Petersburg Main Library on September 28 at 11 a.m., and at the South Community Library on September 30 at 11 a.m.
The seminar will provide an introduction to Medicare, and attendees will learn about Original Medicare, Supplemental Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Drug Plans and financial assistance programs. The seminar is free and open to the public.
The St. Petersburg Main Library is located at 3745 Ninth Avenue North. The South Community Library is located at 2300 Roy Hanna Dr. Call the Main Library at 727-893-7724, or South Community Library at 727-893-7244, to reserve a seat.
In addition, if you are new to Medicare or have questions about your current Medicare programs, a SHINE counselor will also be available by appointment at the St Petersburg Main Library or the South Community Library for one-on-one counseling, starting in mid-October. The SHINE counselor can help answer your questions, assist with enrollment in Medicare Savings Programs, help resolve Medicare coverage issues and appeals, and can help you determine which Medical and/or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan best fits your needs. This service is free and open to the public:
During the Medicare open enrollment period, October 15 to December 7, a SHINE counselor will be available at the Main Library on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; call 727-893-7724 to make an appointment.
A counselor will be available at South Community Library on these six dates: Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 9, Nov. 18, Nov. 28, and Dec. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; call 727-893-7244 to make an appointment.
You can also call the SHINE helpline for phone assistance at 1-800-963-5337. The St. Petersburg Library System is pleased to offer this service in partnership with SHINE and the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc., and as a part of its Community Development Initiative, a method to enhance the provision of resources, services, and programs focused on the Education, Economy, Ecology, Equity, Efficiency and Engagement of our community.