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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breastcancerawarenessis a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved. Learn About Your Risks. Anyone with breast tissue – men and women – is at risk for developing breast cancer.

But only one percent of men and one in eight women will develop breast cancer. Knowing your risks – and what you can do to reduce your risks – is a great way to raise your personal breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

Enrollment Period for Medicare - Oct. 15th to Dec 7th

shineThis is a time when you should review your current Medicare plan and assure that it still meets your health requirements. 

Why is this review important for you to do when you are happy with your current plan? 

This is the time that insurance companies make changes to their level of coverage which will take effect on January 1st . They may drop drugs from their formulary, this could mean that the medications you take may no longer be covered. They may change the tier level of your medications, increase premiums or the amount you pay at the drug store when you pick up a prescription. These items will all increase your cost. Your plan may no longer be the best plan for you. 

What you can do to avoid any unnecessary increased cost for your coverage in the coming year? You can sit with a SHINE volunteer to review your coverage and assure that you have the most appropriate coverage for you and your spouse for the coming year. Shine Volunteers are at the Osceola Council of Aging the first and Third Tuesday of every month from 10AM to 12PM. They are also at the St Cloud Senior Center on the second and fourth Tuesday from 10AM to 12PM and at The Hart Library in downtown Kissimmee on the second Wednesday of every month from 10AM to 12PM. Please bring a list of all your medications and dosages with you for this review. The SHINE volunteer will provide free and unbiased advice to you as to what the best plans for you are. 

If these times are not convenient you may call: 407-514-1800 ext. 3 and a SHINE volunteer will contact you within three to seven days.