It's National Medicare Education Week, and UnitedHealthcare is planning to host a couple of educational workshops in Ocean County this week.

If you would like to learn more about Medicare, the nation’s largest health insurance program, you're invited to attend the workshops at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch and Jackson Branch.

The events will be held Wednesday Sept. 18  at the Toms River branch and Thursday Sept. 19 at the Jackson Branch.

Regional Vice President and “Chief Education Officer” at UnitedHealthcare Chris Abbott says the workshops are important for adults who want to enroll in the program and make changes to their coverage.

With the Affordable Care Act coming out, Abbott says there are many people asking questions regarding changes to Medicare, and the workshops will provide answers to those questions. He encourages everyone to participate, so that they can make confident decisions during the Open Enrollment Period, which begins Oct. 15.

UnitedHealthcare also released the Medicare Made Clear Index, a recently conducted survey of 1,000 older adults, which found that 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older described Medicare as confusing, and most could not correctly identify the health care expenses that Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover.

That is why UnitedHealthcare created National Medicare Education Week in 2012. Among the topics that will be covered at this week's workshops are:

  • The different types of Medicare coverage, and how people can determine what coverage is right for them
  • How and when to enroll in Medicare, including tips for people who choose to delay enrollment past age 65
  • Recent changes to Medicare
  • Online and community resources to help people learn more about Medicare

If you would like to reserve a seat at one of the workshops, call 877-228-4557.  If you can't make it to the libraries for the workshops, you can watch and listen to the presentation online at the National Medicare Education Week webpage.