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Medicare can be complicated, but one-on-one help is available

An operator talks to a client of the state's Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders program, which offers one-on-one help with questions about Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance. The program, known as SHINE, relies on trained volunteers and offers public information sessions at local libraries and other locations. [Times (2013)]
Published Oct. 12, 2018

If you need additional help getting a handle on Medicare (open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7), you may want to contact a state program called SHINE, or Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders. The organization is offering information sessions that range from "Medicare 101 — New to Medicare" to "Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans" across the Tampa Bay area. To find a location near you, visit floridashine.org, click on "Community Events" at the top and select your county.

They can also be reached toll-free at 1-800-963-5337.

Here is a list of upcoming SHINE events across the Tampa Bay area:

HILLSBOROUGH

Oct. 30: Information table, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2018 Community Health Fair, Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. Open to the public.

PASCO

Oct. 16: "Medicare 101 — New to Medicare," 1 p.m., Hudson Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 570-9696, ext. 273.

Oct. 16: "Medicare 101 — New to Medicare," 10 a.m., Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3204.

Oct. 18: "Medicare 101 — New to Medicare," 11 a.m., New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 788-6375.

Oct. 18: "New to Medicare," 7 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Peace parish hall, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 741-1922.

Oct. 20: Information provided at Barktoberfest pet event, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Werner-Boyce Salt Springs, 8737 U.S. 19, Port Richey. (844) 344-4490, ext. 2.

Oct. 20: Medicare Basics, 10 a.m., Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. (727) 570-9696, ext. 273.

Oct. 25: Medicare Basics, 1 p.m., New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1262.

Nov. 15: Medicare Basics, 1 p.m., New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1279.

Nov. 15: Medicare Basics, 11 a.m., New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel, (727) 570-9696, ext. 273.

PINELLAS

Oct. 15: Medicare Advantage plans, 11 a.m., South Community Library, 2300 Roy Hanna Drive S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7244. splibraries.org.

Oct. 15: Medicare Advantage plans, 4 p.m., Clearwater Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Dr., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970. myclearwaterlibrary.com.

Oct. 15: "Medicare 101 — New to Medicare," 2 p.m., Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 943-4922.

Oct. 16: Medicare Advantage plans, 2:30 p.m., Aging Well Center at The Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. (727) 724-3070.

Oct. 16: Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans, 6:30 p.m., St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7724.

Oct. 17: "Medicare 101 — New to Medicare," 3 p.m., Largo Public Library-Jenkins Room A, 120 Central Park Dr., Largo. (727) 587-6715.

Oct. 19: "Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans," 2 p.m., Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1525.

Oct. 27: "Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans," 10 a.m., Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3080

Nov. 3: Medicare Advantage plans, 10 a.m., Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3080, ext. 1701.

Nov. 3: Medicare Part D, 10:30 a.m., Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 784-3332.

Nov. 7: Medicare 101, 3 p.m., Largo Public Library-Jenkins Room A, 120 Central Park Dr., Largo. (727) 587-6715.

Nov. 13: Medicare Part D, 2:30 p.m., Aging Well Center at The Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. (727) 724-3070.

Nov. 26: Medicare Part D, 4 p.m., Clearwater Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Dr., Clearwater.

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