2013-10-16 / Features

Simotas Hosts Healthcare Seminar For Seniors


Experts on Medicare, health insurance, and local resources shared important information with Astoria seniors at a free seminar hosted by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas. Experts on Medicare, health insurance, and local resources shared important information with Astoria seniors at a free seminar hosted by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas. As the yearly enrollment period for Medicare and supplemental programs begins, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas hosted a free seminar for Astoria senior citizens to offer information about Medicare, health insurance and useful local resources. The event, held at the Iakovos Senior Center, drew a large crowd of neighborhood seniors.

“It is so critical for our community’s seniors to stay up-to-date when it comes to an issue as important as health care,” Simotas said. “This time of year especially, as the 2014 insurance enrollment period begins, I always receive inquiries from those eligible for Medicare seeking information. Today’s seminar was a part of our continued efforts to better serve and inform Astoria’s seniors.”

Special guests Eric Hausman of the city Department of Aging and Judy Trilivas, vice president and COO of Mount Sinai Queens, were also on hand to field questions and explain the various services and benefits available. Hausman, a Medicare expert, explained eligibility and enrollment procedures, and the latest information for Medicare in 2014. Trilivas discussed how hospitals can address patients’ questions they have about their insurance and detailed various state and city programs offering assistance to seniors.

“It was encouraging to see so many of our friends in the neighborhood come out to hear this important information and get their questions answered,” Simotas said. “Our community’s seniors have worked their whole lives to transform Astoria into the incredible place it is today—we owe it to them to make sure the highest quality services are always available and accessible.”

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