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Medicare Open Enrollment
Did you know that I am a SHICK counselor? That means I offer free, confidential counseling regarding employment and Medicare information, supplemental information, and Part D – prescription drug plan comparisons and enrollment. I take Medicare appointments all year long, but Open Enrollment is only October 15 – December 7.
It seems there are changes every year to Medicare and Part D plans. Even if you are quite satisfied with your drug plan, I would highly suggest reviewing it during Open Enrollment. There is no penalty to review it annually, and it is a free service provided by Midway District.
Again, Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7, 2019. The changes made during this period will be effective January 1, 2020. During Medicare Open Enrollment you can:
- Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan.
- Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare.
- Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan.
- Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that does not offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage.
- Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that does not offer drug coverage.
- Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
- Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
- Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage completely.
I am currently scheduling Open Enrollment appointments, and have several days blocked out to be in other locations throughout the Midway District. This year, all clients will need to set up a MyMedicare.gov account. I am happy to assist you with this in the office, but plan for the appointment to take an extra 15 minutes. Additionally, bring your Medicare card and a list of prescriptions with you to your appointment. New Medicare cards were mailed out in 2018 and reflect a new Medicare number.
Don’t hesitate to call with questions and to set up an appointment to visit about Medicare and/or Open Enrollment.
Information obtained from www.cms.gov.
~Jessica Kootz, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent