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Medicare help offered Oct. 17

WORTHINGTON — The Medicare annual open enrollment period is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Anyone who wishes to change Medicare Part E or Medicare Advantage coverage must do so during that time period. Coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014.

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For plan comparisons, trained Senior LinkAge Line counselors will be available by appointment from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Nobles County Library, 407 12th St. Call the Senior LinkAge Line, 1-800-333-2433, to make an appointment. Assistance by phone can also be provided by calling Senior LinkAge Line specialists at 1-800-333-2433. Have your Medicare card and prescription information ready

The Senior LinkAge Line is a free service of the Minnesota Board on Aging, as well as the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Specialists provide one-to-one assistance with all Medicare and health insurance issues and also provide in-depth long-term care options counseling. Go to to chat live with a Senior LinkAge Line specialist.