Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Change your Medicare enrollment now through Dec. 7

Medicare’s open enrollment period for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans starts today and runs through Dec. 7. Our Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) provide help in your community.

SHIBA offers free help to people with Medicare questions, including what changes are happening this year.

“Our unbiased volunteers in your community can answer your questions and help you search for plans online,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

Before you make your Medicare decision, consider the following:
  • Plan costs and coverage will likely change every year, so carefully review all letters and notices from your insurer.
  • Make a list of all current prescription drugs you take, the doses, and how often. Then, use the Medicare Plan Finder to compare prescription drug (Part D) plans.
  • Review the 2015 Medicare & You handbook. You should receive it in the mail by mid-October.
  • 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 800-772-1213 or visit
Call our Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-562-6900 to ask for help or to schedule an appointment with a SHIBA volunteer in your area. You can also find a free Medicare workshop in your area on our online calendar and sign up to receive Medicare consumer news from us by email or text.