It may be time for some of you to prepare for the upcoming Medicare open enrollment period for 2022.

Open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2021. During open enrollment, you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage such as switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or the other way around.

You can also switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another. If you didn’t enroll in a Medicare Part D plan when you were first eligible, you may do so during the general open enrollment, although a late enrollment penalty may apply.

There are other changes you can make also, but all the paperwork and choices may start to get complicated and confusing if you try to navigate things on your own. That is where our SHINE counselors come in handy.

Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, known as SHINE, is a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and your local Area Agency on Aging. Specially trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance questions by providing counseling and information over the phone or in online webinars.

SHINE services are free, unbiased, and confidential. Please call the Elder Help Line to schedule an appointment at 1-866-413-5337. For more information about SHINE and what their organization does, you can check out their website and calendar of online programs at www.floridashine.org.

United Health Care is holding some informational sessions about Medicare open enrollment during October and November. A United Health Care representative can provide you with information about their sessions by calling Susan Ritter at 941-587-6343.


FICTION WRITERS

The Fiction Writers Tools Class is meeting 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 in the conference room at the Englewood Charlotte Library, 3450 N Access Road. Learn how to pace yourself to complete a novel in as little as a month. At this session, attendees discuss how to work on their different characters and learn some computer tips. Tammie also has some information about publishers if you are interested in learning about publishers accepting work from new authors. Anyone who wants to may share a short segment with the class and ask for suggestions; new members are always welcome. For more information about the class contact our volunteer Tammie at tamiamifl@comcast.net.

DOG TALES

We have our monthly Dog Tales program at 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Englewood Charlotte Library. Join us to read a book to a furry friend. Each reader chooses a 15-minute window to read to a certified therapy dog in the children’s area of the library. This program is open to children ages 4 and up. Reading to a therapy dog helps children build their literacy skills in a fun and low-pressure environment. You can register for this program by giving us a call at 941-681-3736 and we can sign you up.

I hope to see you soon at the library!

The Englewood Charlotte Library is at 3450 N Access Road in the Tringali Recreation Complex off State Road 776 in Englewood.

The Englewood Charlotte Library is at 3450 N. Access Road in the Tringali Recreation Complex off State Road 776 just before Spinnaker Boulevard.

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