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Mercer County seniors can obtain update on Medicare benefits on Jan. 24

medicarelogo121009_optInformation luncheon to be held in Plainsboro

On Jan. 24, an informational luncheon on new Medicare benefits and free services available to Medicare beneficiaries in Mercer County will be held at Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center in collaboration with Family Guidance Center.

The luncheon will be held at noon at the new Merwick facility at 100 Plainsboro Rd., off Route 1 in Plainsboro.

Talking about the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) will be Diane Hirko, Mercer County MIPPA coordinator from the Family Guidance Center. MIPPA encompasses significant changes and opportunities for Medicare beneficiaries. Some benefits to be discussed are changes in entitlement programs that now enable more individuals to meet eligibility requirements and special programs that can save an individual up to thousands of dollars a year.

Presenting the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) will be Joni Sampson, Mercer County SHIP coordinator from the Family Guidance Center and Joyce Usiskin, a specially trained SHIP volunteer counselor. SHIP at the Family Guidance Center provides free counseling and support services to Medicare beneficiaries who need assistance regarding their insurance plan and making important decisions for the future.

MIPPA and SHIP are statewide programs sponsored by the state Department of Health and Senior Services with major funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Merwick is the newest addition to the Windsor Healthcare family of communities, which consists of 10 care and rehabilitation facilities throughout New Jersey. A family-owned company, Windsor Healthcare is committed to providing medical care and enabling patients and residents to maintain the quality of life they expect. Windsor Healthcare attempts to consistently deliver the highest level of services in a comfortable setting that respects personal dignity, achieves positive outcomes and enhances the quality of life.

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The Family Guidance Center is a non-profit social service agency that serves individuals and families in Mercer County and has offices in Princeton, Hamilton, Ewing and Trenton. The Mission of Family Guidance Center is to provide high quality, community-based services to a culturally diverse population through its programs in mental health, addictions, family and financial counseling and education. The center is committed to providing services that are geographically and financially accessible based upon evaluations of individual and family needs which are delivered in a fair and compassionate manner.

For more information, call (609)586-0668 or visit: People interested in attending can call Merwick at 609-759-6000.



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