Include Medicare in your emergency planning

September is National Preparedness Month. It is a reminder to take a few moments and organize those items that will reduce your stress when an emergency happens. For Alaskans, the first thought is often an earthquake and possible tsunami in coastal areas. Other emergencies can be fires or power outages that last for days due to storms. The best place to go is ‘National Preparedness Month’ at Under that heading is a list of topics including “Build A Kit”. It is a detailed listed of things to have ready in case of an emergency that affects you directly. Be prepared, be safe.

Another form of preparedness is making sure you have all your Medicare current and working for you. A serious illness or a car accident is not the time to wonder ‘am I covered?’ Plan ahead, review your coverage and have the confidence that you are as prepared as you can be.

My name is Lee Coray-Ludden, I am a Certified Medicare Counselor serving Southeast Alaska and the rest of the state as needed by phone and in-person. I have enjoyed talking to other Alaskans all over this beautiful and diverse state. I am in my office at Soldotna Senior Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Call and ask for Lee or the ‘Medicare person’. It’s a small staff, they will find me. The number is 907-262-2322.

Remember, the only stupid question is the one we don’t ask. We can discuss possible options and hopefully find solutions that work for you.

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