Open enrollment help offered throughout the Lower Shore

The Medicare open enrollment period is fast approaching! MAC, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging, is here to help you navigate the Medicare maze and pick out the prescription plan which best suits your needs.

MAC is offering a series of free Medicare open enrollment events throughout the Lower Shore, featuring one-on-one counseling with members of MAC’s State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). Open enrollment events begin Oct. 16.

Participants should bring their Medicare card and all medications in their original containers; do not bring lists of medications.

This open enrollment assistance is a free service and is open to anyone who needs help enrolling in a Medicare prescription plan, or updating their prescription plan.

Enrollment events will be available at MAC in Salisbury, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays: Oct. 19 and 26; Nov. 9, 16 and 30; and Dec. 7.

In addition, open enrollment will be held at MAC from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Nov. 2, and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Other October open enrollment events, all from 1-3 p.m., include:

  • Worcester County Library, Snow Hill branch, Tuesday, Oct. 16.
  • Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge branch, Thursday, Oct. 18;
  • Somerset County Library, Princess Anne branch, Monday, Oct. 22;
  • Dorchester County public Library, Hurlock branch, Tuesday, Oct. 23;
  • Worcester County Library, Berlin Branch, Wednesday, Oct. 24;
  • Worcester County Library, Ocean Pines Branch, Monday, Oct. 29; and
  • Delmar VFW, Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Open enrollment events in November, all from 1-3 p.m., include:

  • Wicomico Public Library, Pittsville branch, Monday, Nov. 5;
  • Dorchester County Public Library, Cambridge, Tuesday, Nov. 13;
  • Somerset County Library, Princess Anne branch, Thursday, Nov. 15;
  • Corbin Memorial Library, Crisfield, Monday, Nov. 19;
  • Worcester County Library, Pocomoke City branch, Monday, Nov. 26;
  • Worcester County Library, Berlin branch, Tuesday, Nov. 27.

In addition, during December, an open enrollment event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Snow Hill branch of the Worcester County Library.

Registration will begin 30 minutes before the start of each enrollment event, and participants will be seen in the order of their arrival.

For more information, call 410-742-0505.



  1. Jacqueline Eberts on May 21, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Would like to attend the 6/4/18 seminar on Medicare prescription coverage for retired MD State Employees. How do I register?

    I also would like to register for the”Do it yourself” session on 6/6/18. How?

    • Cindy Robinson on May 22, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      You don’t have to register for the June 4 session, but I do suggest arriving about 20 minutes early.

      To register for June 6, please email your Name, # attending, phone,
      ZIP code, and if you will be bringing a device, such as a laptop or iPad. My email address is

  2. Debbie Trice on June 28, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Gosh, looks like I missed all sessions. Are you offering anymore? I am State of MD retiree & will need to explore prescription coverage.
    FYI, I come to MAC often re: cancer support programs.

    • Cindy Robinson on June 28, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      Debbie: Additional DIY programs are planned:
      Advance registration is required for these DIY programs. To register, call 410-742-0505, ext. 113, and leave the following information: Name, ZIP code, phone number, number attending, and if you are bringing a device, such as a laptop or iPad.
      Currently, the following DIY programs are planned
      Monday, July 9: Ocean Pines Branch of the Worcester County Library, 1-3 p.m. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, July 5.
      Friday, July 13: Charles & Martha Fulton Senior Center, Snow Hill, 10 a.m.-noon. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.
      Wednesday, July 18, 1 to 3 p.m., at MAC Inc., Salisbury. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, July 16
      Wednesday, Aug. 1: Westover Senior Center, 10 a.m. to noon. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, July 30.

  3. Mary Ann Peddicord on July 1, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    My husband and I live in Florida so I cannot attend the meeting. Is their someone I can call that can help me?

    • Cindy Robinson on July 2, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Every state has its own State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). To find it, call your state’s Department of Aging. Hope this information is helpful. Good luck!

  4. Mary Frye on July 5, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I would like to attend a seminar. Will there be any upcoming seminars in Carroll County Maryland?

    • Cindy Robinson on July 6, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Call the SHIP office in Carroll County at 410-386-3806, to see what informational programs they may have planned. SHIP is the State Health Insurance Program and is found in each county in Maryland. You are certainly welcome to attend a session on the Lower Shore, just keep in mind that registration is required.

  5. Gretchen Ardis on August 16, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Can we make an appointment to talk with someone if we missed the August 13th DIY meeting?

    • Cindy Robinson on August 17, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Yes! You can make an appointment by calling MAC at 410-742-0505. There is another DIY Medicare Enrollment Training workshop planned here at MAC on Friday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. If you are interested in attending, call 410-742-0505 to register; call soon, as these sessions fill up quickly.

  6. Gretchen Ardis on August 28, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Cindy, I missed your reply & therefore missed the August 24th session. Will there be anymore sessions?

    • Cindy Robinson on August 29, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      None are planned at this time. I will keep you posted if more are scheduled.

  7. Trudy S. Mister on September 27, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    My husband and I both have Medicare as our primary and our secondary is BC/BS through the State of Maryland. We now have to enroll in Medicare part D since the state is dropping their prescription plan. We are so confused regarding this. Would someone be able to clarify and help us at one of MAC’s open enrollment events? Thanks!

    • Cindy Robinson on October 1, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Yes! I’m emailing you a list of the open enrollment events, in addition to newsletters we sent out to all affected State of Maryland retirees who attended Medicare information sessions at MAC.