The Medicare Part D open enrollment period is going on in full force and the DeWitt County Community Care Systems Advocate is meeting with local seniors almost exclusively until the period ends December 7.
In the mornings, Dianne Cusey hosts open office hours for walk-in help but her afternoons are by appointment only. If you live in outlining communities to Clinton, she makes frequent stops in some of these places.
Cusey makes three stops in Farmer City per month at the Sunshine Center on East Clinton Avenue. Those visits are the first Wednesday of each month from 1:30 pm to 4 pm. Then the third Wednesday of the month from 8:30 am to noon.
Additionally, Cusey visits Farmer City on the second Monday of each month from 2 pm to 4 pm. Those dates are November 11 and December 9.
If you're in Weldon, Cusey is at Village Hall at the Peace Meal site from 11 am to 12:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month. City Hall in Weldon is at 480 Maple Street.
For the open enrollment period, Cusey has arranged a visit to the Kenney Community Center on the last Wednesday of November from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. That date is November 27, the day before Thanksgiving.
Locally, Cusey will also make stops to the various DeWitt County Housing Authority locations. At Nixon Manor, Cusey will be available on November 7 and December 5 from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Then on November 14 and December 12, she will be at DeWitt Manor from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Each of her visits will take place in those locations' community room.
November 21, Cusey will be at the MacArthur Apartments Community Room from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Friendship Center Executive Director Paula Jiles indicates to Regional Radio News Cusey's schedule for appointments is at capacity and predictably there is a high demand to meet with her during walk-in hours, Jiles is asking seniors who are seeking walk-in meetings to be patient when they come to the Friendship Center.
Jiles reminds callers that Cusey has a separate phone line from the Friendship Center, and her direct line is 217-935-4560. Cusey returns messages as quickly as possible.