Mercy Sponsors Free Medicare Information Fairs In October

Oct 01, 2008

Mercy Sponsors Free Medicare Information Fairs In October

Topic: Fair Will Feature Advantage Plan Representatives and Mercy's Medicare Advisor | Contact: Cindy Hickey

Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center will sponsor Medicare Information Fairs that are free and open to the public on Tues., Oct. 7, at 9 a.m., and on Fri., Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. Both fairs – to be held in the Mercy Medical Office Building Auditorium – will begin with a Medicare overview by Mercy's Medicare advisor Terri Gursky. No reservations are required.

Marketing materials will be available from the following Medicare Advantage Plans: AARP Medicare Complete by United Healthcare, Advantra, Anthem, Health Plan – HomeTown Region, Humana Insurance Company, Medical Mutual, SummaCare and WellCare.

The Medicare annual coordination election period will begin on Nov. 15, 2008. At that time, individuals can select a Medicare Advantage Plan, which provides "one-stop shopping" for all Medicare benefits.

"In Stark County alone, there are 56 different Medicare Part D plans to pick from," said Gursky, who also offers one-on-one Medicare discussions by appointment. "Mercy's Medicare Fair allows individuals to explore their options and ask questions prior to the election period."

For more information about the Mercy Medicare Fair or to set up a one-on-one session, call the Mercy Healthcare Connection at 330-489-1333 or 1-800-223-8662.

Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville and North Canton. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see www.cantonmercy.com.

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