This year's enrollment period was moved and expanded, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, giving people additional time to consider their choices.
Still need to make a decision and need some help? Our Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA) program can answer questions and help you evaluate plans. Call our Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-562-6900 and ask to make an appointment with a SHIBA volunteer in your area.
Before you make your decision, consider these tips:
- Plan costs and coverage can change every year, so carefully review all letters and notices from your current plan.
- Make a list of all current prescription drugs you take, the doses, and how often. Then, use the Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov to compare Part D plans.
- Review the 2012 Medicare & You handbook. You should have received it in September.
If you have questions, call 1-800- MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) before you sign up.
- If you have limited income and need help paying for prescription drugs, check out Medicare’s “Extra Help” program. To see if you qualify, contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or go to www.socialsecurity.gov and click on Medicare.