Morristown Alumnae Sponsors Medicare 101 Webinar
Submitted by Ferlanda Fox Nixon
Each year, the annual open enrollment period for Medicare begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. A period typically fraught with anxiety and confusion, lots of questions abound from those seeking to enroll in new plans and those looking to make changes to existing ones. When can I sign up for Medicare? What is a Medicare Advantage plan? How does a Medicare Advantage Plan differ from traditional Medicare? When I sign up for Medicare, will I be enrolled in Part A and Part B automatically or do I have to sign up for each part? How do I get prescription drug coverage?
To help clarify the complexities associated with Medicare, on Nov. 11 the Morristown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated invited Juliet-Marie McElwee to conduct a free, informational webinar for residents of Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon, and Warren counties in New Jersey. McElwee is an independent broker for Medicare and other senior health products and licensed in seven states. She currently resides in Illinois but is a Morris County native and the sister of Morristown Alumnae member, Jinn Adams.
McElwee’s “Medicare 101” presentation covered eligibility requirements, enrollment periods, the enrollment process, types of Medicare plans, the parts of traditional Medicare (Part A for in-patient hospital care, Part B for outpatient medical services, and Part D for prescriptions), supplement insurance plans, and Medicare Advantage plans (also known as Part C). She also talked about the items that are excluded from Medicare coverage such as long term care, dental, vision, cosmetic surgery and procedures, and hearing aids.
“I do this quite a bit. I do many seminars for churches and libraries and senior centers and groups, and my biggest job is to educate people on their rights and responsibilities with Medicare,” stated McElwee. “I will tell you that our population – the Black population – is really not as present in those meetings as I would like to see. So, I’m so grateful that [Morristown Alumnae has] chosen to be a part of the solution in educating people about their rights,” she shared.
After answering questions from the audience McElwee invited viewers to visit her website (www.julieknows.com), email her (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call her (630-383-1896) if they had additional inquiries. The hour-long presentation also is available on the Morristown Alumnae Chapter’s website at www.macdst.org for those who missed it or want a refresher.
Submitted by Ferlanda Fox Nixon Each year, the annual open enrollment period for Medicare begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. A period typically fraught with anxiety and confusion, lots of questions abound from those seeking to enroll in new plans and those looking to make changes to existing ones. When can I sign up …