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Learn About Medicare Advantage and Prescription Plans at Your Library - in October and November

October Sessions at Main and South Community Libraries

St. Petersburg, Fla. (September 30, 2016) – SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) will present free informational seminars on Medicare Advantage Plans and Prescription Drug Plans at two St. Petersburg libraries in October. Each seminar will provide attendees with more specifics about MA Plans including HMOs and PPOs. Attendees will learn what they are, how they work and when to join.

Learn more about Medicare Advantage and Prescription Plans at the South Community Library, 2300 Roy Hanna Drive South, on Friday, October 14 at 11 a.m. Call 727-893-7244, to reserve a seat.

The St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Avenue North, will host the same seminar on Wednesday, October 19 at 11 a.m. Call 727-893-7724 to register in advance.

In addition, if you are new to Medicare or have questions about your current Medicare programs, a SHINE counselor will also be available by appointment at the St Petersburg Main Library or the South Community Library for one-on-one counseling starting in mid-October. The SHINE counselor 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.

During the Medicare open enrollment period, October 15 to December 7, a SHINE counselor will be available at the Main Library on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 727-893-7724 to make an appointment. And, a counselor will be available at South Community Library on the following dates: Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 9, Nov. 18, Nov. 28, and Dec. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 727-893-7244 to make an appointment.

These services are free and open to the public. You can also call the SHINE helpline for phone assistance at 1-800-963-5337.

The St. Petersburg Library System is pleased to offer these free services in partnership with SHINE and the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc., and as a part of its Community Development Initiative, a method to enhance the provision of resources, services, and programs focused on the Education, 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


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