County Executive Bellone Announces Extended Services for Seniors During Medicare Open Enrollment

County Offering Twenty Additional Hours of Free Counseling and Assistance Services Until December 7.

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

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Suffolk County, NY - November 16, 2018 - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced that the Office for the Aging will offer extended services to help seniors navigate the open enrollment process for Medicare through December 7, 2018. The Suffolk County Office for the Aging is adding four additional locations to their outreach schedule that will provide twenty additional hours for seniors to meet with counselors at local libraries across the county, to provide information and assist with sign-ups.
“Suffolk County urges all residents who are eligible for Medicare to speak with a professional at the Office of the Aging,” County Executive Steve Bellone said. “We are here to answer any questions or assist in any way that we can to make sure Medicare recipients and those who qualify acquire adequate health care for all of their needs.”
Holly Rhodes-Teague, Director of the Suffolk County Office for the Aging said, “Expanding hours to accommodate the aging population in Suffolk County is important to our mission. The Suffolk County Office for the Aging is dedicated to ensuring all residents have access to the numerous services offered at their convenience.”
The Office for the Aging contracts with RSVP to provide the Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) which provides trained counselors to assist Medicare enrollees review their coverage and make informed decisions. These services come at no additional cost to Suffolk County. For additional information on the HIICAP program, please call 631-979-9490, extension 18. 
Expanded hours are as follows:
Monday, November 19: 
Huntington Library 10:00AM-1:00PM
Islip Library 9:30AM-1:00PM
Wednesday, November 21:
Bay Area Nutrition 8:30AM-12:00PM
Wednesday, November 28:
Huntington Nutrition 8:30AM-12:30PM
Thursday, November 29:
West Babylon Library 10:00AM-2:00PM
Sachem Library 1:00PM-4:30PM
Monday, December 3:
Mastic/Moriches/Shirley Library 8:30AM-11:30AM
Tuesday, December 4:
Patchogue-Medford Library 2:30PM-4:30PM
Wednesday, December 5:
Rainbow Center 8:30AM-12:00PM
Friday, December 7:
St. Anne’s Gardens 8:30AM-12:00PM
For more information about the Suffolk County Office for the Aging, or to view the complete advocate calendar, visit or contact the Office for the Aging at 631-853-8200.