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What Is APPRISE and How Can It Help You with Medicare and other Programs?


APPRISE is a free State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Pennsylvanians on Medicare. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging created APPRISE to help seniors understand their Medicare insurance options and make informed choices that would best meet their needs. Counselors are specially trained volunteers who can answer your questions and provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, “Extra Help” Programs, PACE/PACENET. 

The APPRISE Program is funded in whole or part by a grant through the Administration for Community Living.

APPRISE Brochure


HOT TOPIC -- 2016 Mid-year Formulary Changes 


Do you want to know if you are eligible to save some money?

The APPRISE Program wants to make sure you and your loved ones who have Medicare know about the Extra Help and Medicare Savings Programs.

Extra Help can help lower your prescription co-payments and premiums and cover the cost of the coverage gap (“donut hole”)

  • If you are single and have total monthly income of less than $1,485/month; and less than $13,640 in resources
  • If you are married and have a total monthly income of less than $2,003/month; and less than $27,250 in resources 

Medicare Savings Program can help you with the payment of your Part B premium and possibly with the payment of your Medicare Part A and Part B cost-sharing.   

  • If you are single and have a total monthly income between $1,337/month; and less than $7,280 in resources 
  • If you are married and have a total monthly income between $1,803/month; and less than $10,930 in resources 

There is NO COST for the APPRISE Program’s help or for enrollment into these programs.


  • Medicare
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) 
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap) 
  • Medicaid
  • Long-Term Care Insurance 
  • Screening and Applying for financial assistance programs 
  • Fraud and Abuse 
  • Medicare Appeals  

Call Today! -- 717-273-9262

By Appointment Only

Individual Counseling with an APPRISE Volunteer.

The volunteers are in Mondays from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 9:00-12:00 pm by appointment only. For individual counseling, please call to make an appointment up with an APPRISE volunteer.

The Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging is seeking new volunteers for the APPRISE program. Click the following, APPRISE Volunteers, if you are interested in volunteering for the APPRISE Program.

Merchandiser Article featuring our APPRISE volunteers


APPRISE Events (click here)

Need help with prescription costs and/or Medicare Part B premiums


Free Medicare Monthly Seminar - Medicare 101.

On the first Wednesday of every month the APPRISE Program holds a free seminar on Medicare 101. It is a basic overview of Medicare, Medicare Part D, Supplemental Insurance and Medicare Advantage Plans. This Seminar also covers ways you can get extra help with your prescriptions and/or paying for your Medicare Part B premiums. Please call 717-273-9262 to register.


Pennsylvania Help Law Project ( 

PHLP is a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. For more than two decades, PHLP has engaged in direct advocacy on behalf of individual consumers while working on the kinds of health policy changes that promise the most to the Pennsylvanians in greatest need.


Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period Changes

Lebanon, Pennsylvania – People with Medicare may see significant changes to Medicare enrollment plans this fall. If they miss the opportunity to make adjustments to their plans now, they will have to wait another year.

Please note the following:

Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP) will take place October 15-December 7, 2016. Both Part D and Medicare Advantage plan members can make plan changes at this time.

Medicare’s Annual Disenrollment Period (ADP) will take place from January 1-February 15, 2017 People with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will only be able to return to Original Medicare and join a stand-alone prescription drug (Part D) plan.

The following link (page) contains general information on our annual open enrollment period.


Free counseling available now at these locations; call 273-9262 to schedule appointments

Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging
710 Maple Street (Basement)
Lebanon, PA 17046

Every Monday from 12pm to 3pm &
Every Wednesday from 9am to 12pm

Annville Free Library
216 East Main Street
Annville, PA 17003

The THIRD Thursday of Every Month
from 10:00am-12:00pm

Richland Community Library
111 East Main Street
Richland, PA 17087

The SECOND Tuesday of Every Month


In the News


Terri Hilderbrandt (second from left), former APPRISE coordinator, receives one of the top five awards
for Excellence in Performance at the Pennsylvania APPRISE Annual Conference in Gettysburg in
April 2014



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