Medicare Open Enrollment, which comes only once a year, begins October 15th and lasts through December 7th. During this period, Medicare beneficiaries should be evaluating whether their plans are working for them. If not, this is the opportunity to make some changes.
During Open Enrollment you can:
- Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan to traditional Medicare (Parts A and B), or vice versa
- Enroll in (or change your current) Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan
- Evaluate and change your current Medicare Advantage Plan
Individuals should be re-evaluating coverage and costs and under their current plan, including whether their doctors are still accepting the plan, whether their medications are still covered under the plan, and whether similar coverage is available at a lesser cost.
To make changes, you can go to WWW.MEDICARE.GOV or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). The “plan finder” section on Medicare.gov also includes information on Medicare Advantage Plan premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. Finally, the Medicare & You 2015 Pamphlet provides a great deal of information in an easy-to-read format.
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