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SHINE One-on-one Medicare Counseling Hours Extended: Wednesdays at Main; Fridays at South Library

St. Petersburg, Fla. (October 27, 2015) – If you are new to Medicare or have questions about your current Medicare programs, a SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselor is available for one-on-one counseling at two St. Petersburg libraries, one day each week:

Now through the end of November, the SHINE counselor will be available at St. Petersburg’s Main Library, 3745 Ninth Avenue North, every Wednesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. These hours have been extended during the Affordable Care open enrollment period (which is through Dec. 7). Call the library at 727-893-7724 to make an appointment.

You can also take advantage of free one-on-one Medicare counseling at the South Community Library, 2300 Roy Hanna Drive South, where a SHINE counselor is available every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 727-893-7244 to make an appointment.

The service is free and open to the public. SHINE counselors can help answer your questions, assist with enrollment in Medicare Savings Programs, help resolve Medicare coverage issues and appeals, and can help you determine which Medical and/or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan best fits your needs. You can also call the SHINE helpline for phone assistance at 1-800-963-5337.

The St. Petersburg Library System offers this program as a part of a 5E Community Development Initiative, a method to enhance the provision of resources, services and programs focused on the Economy, Ecology, Equity, Efficiency and Engagement of our community.

ABOUT YOUR ST. PETERSBURG LIBRARY:St. Petersburg’s Library System provides library resources to meet the educational, recreational, cultural, intellectual and social needs of its diverse community. It operates seven community libraries, including the Main Library, North Community Library, South Community Library, West Community Library, Johnson Community Library, Mirror Lake Community Library and a micro-library at Childs Park. For more information, visit www.splibraries.org.

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