OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - The clock is ticking when it comes to selecting plans for both Medicare and other healthcare coverage. Government representatives want to ensure you don't miss deadlines that end soon.

The first important date involves senior citizens who must sign off on their Medicare plans by next Monday, December 7th. Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari has advised anyone confused with choices to contact the county's Office of Senior Services.

Vicari expressed his distress at what he says are misleading television advertisements regarding Medicare choices. He referred to them as "dangerous."

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“We have had seniors call our office ready to give up their plans and switch to a supplement that is not only more expensive, but offers less coverage,” Vicari said.

Congressman Andy Kim, who represents residents in communities in both Burlington and Ocean counties wants to make sure his constituents are aware of health coverage options available to them.

Kim has scheduled a telephone town hall on Wednesday, December 9th at 6 pm to discuss options available under Get Covered NJ, and to provide an update on the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Residents of Burlington and Ocean Counties can sign up for the telephone town hall on the Congressman’s website by clicking here.

“Having quality health care that’s affordable is important, especially during this public health crisis,” said Congressman Kim. “This town hall is a great opportunity for those with questions about the new state exchange to get them answered, so they can find a health care plan that works for them.”

Open enrollment available from GetCoveredNJ began on November 1 and runs until January 31, 2021. Those wishing coverage for the beginning of 2021 need to enroll by December 31, 2020.

Individuals who lost employer coverage or income due to COVID-19 related hardships may want to tune in to Kim's town hall to learn about enrollment in Marketplace coverage.