The Louisiana Councils on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Centers and their partners through the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs invite all Medicare-eligible or enrolled seniors or adults with a disability to visit their offices and get their benefits updated.

“Medicare benefits change every year, and it is important that even enrolled Medicare beneficiaries be sure they are getting all the help they are eligible for,” GOEA Deputy Assistant Director Karen Ryder said. “This is a great time of year to have our counselors review Part A, B and D benefits, as well as educate seniors and adults with disabilities about all the wellness benefits available at no cost to them.”

Members can call the Capital Area Agency on Aging and its Aging and Disability Resource Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (800) 280-0908 or attend one of the free enrollment events to update their benefits or enroll in Medicare; or visit louisiana answers.com.

Information will be available on the Medicare Savings Program, which offers help paying for Part A and B premiums, which cover hospital and doctor visits, or the Low Income Subsidy Program, which can pay for the Part D prescription drug program’s premium, deductible, co-pays and doughnut hole.

“We also use this time of year to make sure Medicare beneficiaries know that a lot of free wellness exams are offered by their insurance, such as ultrasounds, cancer and diabetes screenings, mammograms, vaccinations, even smoking cessation programs,” Ryder said.

Enrollment and counseling are free services offered in association with the state of Louisiana’s Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs and funds from the Administration for Community Living.