Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jul 22, 2013
Contact : Robert Cavanaugh, Manager of Public Affairs for Meridian Health  
(732) 751-3451

Free Medicare information sessions offered


Neptune, NJ - During the month of September, several informational sessions will be offered for those who are either new to Medicare, or would like to learn more about Medicare and their current coverage options. The sessions will provide Medicare beneficiaries with information prior to Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP). The AEP, which begins October 15 and ends December 7, allows individuals eligible for Medicare to apply, change or opt out of a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan.

Upcoming Sessions:

•    September 4, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Meridian Geisinger Gold office, 550 Route 530, Suite 20, Whiting, NJ, 08759

•    September 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Meridian Geisinger Gold office, 4900 Route 33, Suite 200, 2nd Floor, Neptune, NJ 07753

•    September 12, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Meridian Fitness and Wellness Center, 1420 NJ 36, Hazlet, NJ 07730

•    September 18 and 27, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Family Resource Center at Ocean Club, 700 Route 9 South, Stafford Township, NJ, 08092

The sessions will be hosted by Meridian Health and Geisinger Health Plan. Meridian Health and Geisinger Health Plan began working together in October 2012 to offer seniors in Monmouth and Ocean counties access to Geisinger Gold,  the sixth best Medicare Advantage plan in the nation*. Featuring better management of chronic conditions and better health care outcomes than what is available with traditional Medicare and Medigap coverages, Geisinger Gold offers Medicare beneficiaries a variety of plans with a range of benefits and premiums.

Individuals, who are interested in receiving more information or registering for one of the information sessions, can call 1-800-846-1583.   

About Meridian Health
Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For”, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence.  For more information, please visit

About Geisinger Health Plan
Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, Pa. and has New Jersey offices located in Neptune and Whiting. The plan serves approximately 430,000 members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and West Virginia. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, and Medicare beneficiaries. As part of Geisinger Health System, GHP has been recognized nationally as a model for health-care reform with documented success in innovative programs such as the patient-centered medical home. Geisinger Gold is the top-ranked Medicare plan in Pennsylvania and ranked number six nationally for quality and service.* For more information, please visit

*The National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Medicare Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014.