Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) will sponsor several free virtual presentations in October for people interested in better understanding Medicare. The programs are as follows:

» New to Medicare

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.

Topics will include a comprehensive introduction to Medicare, including what Medicare covers, supplemental insurance, Part D prescription coverage, Medicare and employer group health plans, and retiree health plan considerations.

“HICAP is offering this presentation to help new beneficiaries and their caregivers better understand this comprehensive health care program,” said Jim Talbott, president, Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens. Even those who currently have Medicare coverage can benefit from this detailed overview.

HICAP offers free and unbiased counseling and information on Medicare issues. HICAP does not sell, recommend or endorse any insurance product, agent, insurance company, or health plan.

The presentation is a service of the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, HICAP with financial assistance, in whole or in part, through a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services, the federal Medicare agency.

» Medicare Open Enrollment Choices Presentations

 Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.

 Thursday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.

 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.

 “HICAP is offering these presentations to help beneficiaries and their caregivers better understand their choices during the Medicare Open Enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7,” Talbott said.

Topics will include an introduction to Medicare including what Medicare covers, supplemental insurance, how to evaluate and choose the best Part D prescription coverage, and Medicare Advantage plan options.

» Virtual 30 Minute Topics

The 30 Minute Topic to be presented during October is How to Read Part D Drug Search Results.

For more information and to register for any of the above presentations, contact the local HICAP office, 1-800-434-0222, 1-805-928-5663, or online at Registration required for all events.