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Session focuses on retirees and MIT medical benefits

Retirees--and those who will soon retire--can learn how to make the best use of MIT's medical benefits at a program on Thursday, April 17 at 1pm in the Bartos Theater of the Wiesner Building (E15).

A panel of experts will answer questions from the audience on how to navigate the ever-changing medical maze. Panelists will include Julienne Castro, assistant manager of benefits, who will outline MIT's medical benefits for retirees; Mary Hertema-Miller, marketing and enrollment administrator of the Medical Department, who will discuss the plans that Medical offers; Dawn Metcalf, social worker in the Medical Department, who specializes in services to seniors, and Alex Milne, patient billing/reimbursement coordinator in the Medical Department, who will explain how the billing system works. The moderator for the session will be Joanne Miller, former editor of Tech Talk.

Originally scheduled to be a briefing on medical benefits choices available during the annual open-enrollment period, the program was changed to a general information session because the 1997 open-enrollment period has passed.

Retirees can help in focusing the program by sending questions in advance to the Retirees Association, Rm 20A-023. Questions in writing and from the floor will also be accepted. Those of a very specific nature may be referred to an authority for an answer after the meeting.

Parking for the seminar will be available in the CRA lot at Broadway and Ames St. The Wiesner Building is about one block from the Kendall-MIT T station, through the medical building atrium. Refreshments will be available before the seminar.

The next seminar will be Thursday, May 8 at 11am in the Bartos Theater, when the topic will be guidelines to follow when using prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. The speaker will be Patricia Kravetz, a pharmacist in the Medical Department.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 16, 1997.

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