Victoria residents can get help navigating the complex world of health care at a Medicare forum in July.

The Golden Crescent Aging and Disability Resource Center is hosting an educational event July 11 that will cover Medicare, Medicaid and other services.

The event, titled “Power in Community Medicare Event,” will begin 9 a.m. July 11 at the First United Methodist Church.

“The event is a great opportunity to learn all about Medicare as well as the programs that help with the cost of Medicare health and drug plans, preventive services and fraud prevention,” program specialist Kem Calk said in a news release. “You can ask questions of the experts, hear about diabetes care and visit with exhibitors for community resources.”

Throughout the day, both service consumers and providers can learn more about what options are available to them, said Johanna Rohan of the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission.

“We’re having experts come in from Austin to give us their presentations,” Rohan said. “We really feel like the information that’s going to be provided is at a higher level. We’re getting information straight from the source.”

The day will include presentations as well as booths where residents can ask questions and learn where and how they can get help if they need it. Along with experts from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, there will also be representatives and experts from the Texas Legal Services Center, the Area Agency on Aging, Senior Medicare Patrol and DeTar Healthcare System.

There will also be a local panel with representatives from Adult Protective Services, Area Agency on Aging, Golden Crescent Aging and Disability Resource Center, Social Security Administration, Texas Legal Services and Veterans Administration.

Co-sponsors for the event include H-E-B Pharmacy, Hospice of South Texas, Jackson County Hospital District, Kindred at Home and New Century Hospice.

A light breakfast and lunch are provided, according to a news release.

The event is free and registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome.

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