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Medicare 101 Seminar: September 23 at Main Library

     Same Free Session October 10 at South Community Library

St. Petersburg, Fla. (August 30, 2017) – SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is offering a Medicare 101 seminar at the St. Petersburg Main Library on Saturday, September 23 at 11 a.m., and at the South Community Library on Tuesday, October 10 at 10:30 a.m. Each seminar will provide an introduction to Medicare, and attendees will learn about Original Medicare, Supplemental Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Drug Plans and financial assistance programs.

The St. Petersburg Main Library is located at 3745 Ninth Avenue North.

The South Community Library is located at 2300 Roy Hanna Drive South. 

Each seminar is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, call the Main Library at (727) 893-7724, or South Community Library at (727) 893-7244.

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. 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. This service is free and open to the public:

During the Medicare open enrollment period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, a SHINE counselor will be available at the Main Library on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call (727) 893-7724 to make an appointment.

And, a SHINE counselor will be available at South Community Library from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the following dates: Oct. 19, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 2, Nov. 7, Nov. 9, Nov. 14, Nov. 16, Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Nov. 30, and Dec. 5. Call (727) 893-7244 to make an appointment.

You can also call the SHINE helpline for phone assistance at 1-800-963-5337.

The St. Petersburg Library System is pleased to offer this service 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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