SITKA – Those approaching age 65 with questions about Medicare and Social Security, and anyone over 65 and thinking about starting Medicare or Social Security, are encouraged to attend a joint presentation by SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Waddell and Reed that can help answer their questions. 

When: Friday, February 10, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Dr, Sitka, AK 99835

 It is common for people to be unsure of what the Medicare options are, the coverage they need, and when they will begin receiving Social Security benefits. Cynthia Gibson, a Financial Advisor with Waddell and Reed and Susan Briles, a Certified Medicare Specialist with the Outreach & Enrollment team at SEARHC will speak within their areas of expertise about Medicare options, making the most of Social Security benefits, and avoiding the pitfalls and penalties that may surprise some.

SEARHC’s Susan Briles said, “Medicare and Social Security Retirement can be confusing for people as they near their 65th birthday. There are many choices to navigate within both programs; it is important to make the best decision for your future. Cynthia and I are going to provide the information needed to help guide people through this complicated time.”

Refreshments will be available during the break, and both experts will be available for questions following their presentations.

SEARHC is a Certified Application Counselor agency offering free assistance to all Southeast residents.For more information, call (907) 966-8883, (907) 966-8662, or toll-free at 1-855-966-8684. People may also find additional information by visiting our Health Insurance Assistance Patient Resource located here on the SEARHC website.