Choosing the right Medicare supplement plan is very important, said Julie Biederman.

An independent agent for Coconut Creek based Health Coverage Solutions, Biederman spoke at Tuesday morning’s Coffee & Conversation program at Pride Center in Wilton Manors.

“When you are sick you don’t want to wait two weeks to get a referral,” Biederman said.

When choosing a Medicare Advantage plan consumers should be in control of selecting their doctor and not the plan, Biederman said.  Pride Center Senior Services Director Bruce Williams agreed.

“Sometimes those silver sneakers that are free turn out to be more expensive than the Pope’s Prada shoes,” Williams announced over the microphone.

When pressed what he meant by the comment afterwards, Williams said supplemental Medicare plans are not always to the consumer’s advantage.

“It’s a very individual thing,” Williams said. “There’s deductibles, premiums and co-pays to consider. It’s very imperative to have a working understanding of Medicare once you become eligible.”

Elsewhere, Pride Center CEO Robert Boo announced $48,000 has been raised to repair the damage from Hurricane Irma. Boo also encouraged the senior group to donate to relief efforts in Puerto Rico by visiting the website

Theater director David Simson announced “Wisdom, Wonderment, Rainbows” will be performed Monday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. at Island City Stage. The play is written by Simson’s husband, Tony Puma. For reservations, call 954-519-2533.

Next week’s sponsor is Florida Grand Opera. For more information, contact Bruce Williams, Senior Services Coordinator at 954-463-9005, ext. 109.