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GeorgiaCares Counsels Medicare Beneficiaries On Preventive Services

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GeorgiaCares is educating and counseling Medicare beneficiaries on an array of preventive services offered by Medicare at no cost or at minimal out of pocket costs. GeorgiaCares is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) under the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Aging Services.

"GeorgiaCares counselors are available statewide through the network of Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and will provide community education sessions and answer hotline calls to help beneficiaries understand the preventive services offered by Medicare, as well as their prescription drug options for next year," said Maria Greene, director of the Division of Aging Services. "Beneficiaries can call GeorgiaCares toll-free at 1-800-669-8387 for assistance."

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GeorgiaCares is informing beneficiaries that there is no cost to them for covered preventive services such as cardiovascular screenings, diabetes screenings, flu shots, Pap lab test, and pneumococcal shots. Medicare beneficiaries only pay 20 percent of the approved cost of preventive services such as abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings, bone mass measurement (bone density), colorectal cancer screenings, training to manage diabetes, glaucoma tests, Hepatitis B shots, mammograms, medical nutrition therapy services, test collection and pelvic and breast exams, physical exams, prostrate cancer screenings, and smoking cessation.

GeorgiaCares is also reminding beneficiaries that Medicare Part D Open Enrollment for prescription drug options runs from November 15 to December 31, 2008. This is the first time in 20 years that Medicare Part B premiums (for doctor’s visits) have not increased.

GeorgiaCares offers free counseling to Medicare beneficiaries on Medicare and Medigap matters, including Medicare Advantage health plan options, long-term care insurance, claims, resolution to billing problems, information and referral on public benefit programs aimed at those with limited incomes and assets, and other health care insurance information.