Niagara County Office for the Aging Hosting Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program Meetings

Niagara County Office of the Aging Director Darlene DiCarlo today announced that the county’s Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) will be hosting a series of community meetings for seniors to answer their health insurance questions.  HIICAP offers free, unbiased, confidential assistance on health insurance, with information and counseling provided by professionally trained staff and volunteers


“There are of many choices for seniors, there can be program changes from year to year, and, quite frankly, it can get overwhelmingly very quickly,” said DiCarlo.  “Our goal for HIICAP is to put out all the available information and answer questions so people can make informed decisions.

According to DiCarlo, HIICAP can help with Medicare eligibility; Medicaid eligibility; comparison information of Medicare supplemental insurance options; Medicare Advantage options; eligibility for programs that help with the costs of Medicare; prescription drug coverage including Medicare Part D and NYS EPIC; Long Term Care planning and insurance; Medicare preventive and health screening benefits; and comparing employee or retiree insurance with Medicare insurance options. 

“The Medicare open enrollment period begins October 15 and runs through December 7,” said DiCarlo.  “So these community meetings are at the opportune time.”

The meetings will be held on:

Date                                                      Location                                                                                                               Time

October 26th                                       Town of Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Rd.                           5:30 – 7:30 PM

November 1st                                     John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., NF                        9:30 – 11:30 AM

November 2nd                                    Lockport Senior Center, 33 Ontario St.                                            9:30 – 11:30 AM

November 9th                                    Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 Lower River Rd. Youngstown         9:30 – 11:30 AM

November 17th                                  North Tonawanda Senior Center, 110 Goundry St.                          9:30 – 11:30 AM

For more information, call the Niagara County Office for the Aging/NY Connects at 716-438-3030.