Seniors Urged to Use Council on Aging Tools for
Medicare Open Enrollment Help
From October 15 to December 7 senior citizens should
review options and make changes in their Medicare coverage
Medicare 2013 Open Enrollment
Oct. 15 – Dec. 7
find official Medicare tools and information, and compare the cost or
benefits of 2013 Medicare health plans in your area,
Oct. 9, 2012 - Next week marks the beginning of
Medicare's annual Open Enrollment Period, which runs Oct. 15- Dec. 7.
Now is the time for people with Medicare to review their plan options
and make the most informed decision about their 2013 coverage, says the
National Council on Aging.
Open Enrollment: A Time for Review
The Open Enrollment Period offers people with
Medicare an opportunity to select or change their Medicare Part D
prescription drug plan for 2013, along with a host of other options.
Since there are a number of plans to choose from and cost and coverage
varies from plan to plan, it's critical for Medicare consumers to review
their current coverage and shop around for the plan that best fits their
health needs and wallet, according to an NCOA news release.
"Since plans change from year to year, it's
important for people with Medicare to compare, take a close look at what
their current plan covers, how much it costs, and how it fares with the
other plan options available to them," said Nora Dowd Eisenhower,
director of NCOA's National Center for Benefits Access.
"By looking closely at the cost, coverage,
convenience, and quality rating of the plan options, Medicare
beneficiaries can save money and make the most of their Medicare
NCOA Tools Can Help Save Seniors Hundreds of
With a suite of tools from the NCOA, people with
Medicare can determine which plan best fits their needs and budget, and
find other assistance to help them pay for prescription and health care
My Medicare Matters (www.mymedicarematters.org),
funded in part by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, is a free website that
offers Medicare consumers guidance to review their drug plan and other
choices for 2013. Consumers can find a guide to decision-making and
helpful worksheets for selecting a drug plan.
My Medicare Matters also offers accurate and
easy-to-understand information on programs that help low-income people
afford Medicare—the Medicare Savings Programs and Medicare Part D
Low-Income Subsidy (LIS)/Extra Help. The site is interactive, giving
users local referrals, so they can find personalized assistance on
Medicare and other benefits and services in their communities.
“The annual Open Enrollment Period is also a great
time for people with Medicare to use BenefitsCheckUp,” says NCOA about
its free online screening service (www.BenefitsCheckUp.org).
Visitors can learn about changes to Medicare Part D and the Low-Income
Subsidy/Extra Help and discover whether they may qualify for additional
benefits that can help pay for prescription drugs, health care, other
household costs, and more.
About NCOA The National
Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization
headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions
of older adults—especially those who are vulnerable and
disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings
together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop
creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA
works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors
find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and
remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit:
Developed and maintained by the National Council on Aging (NCOA),
BenefitsCheckUp is the nation's most comprehensive Web-based service to
screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and
resources. It includes almost 2,000 public and private benefits programs
from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2001, more than
3.3 million people have used the service, identifying benefits valued at
more than $11.9 billion. For more information, visit
About My Medicare Matters MyMedicareMatters
is a community-based education and outreach initiative sponsored by the
National Council on Aging (NCOA) with support from AstraZeneca
About AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals AstraZeneca is a
global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business with a primary
focus on the discovery, development and commercialization of
prescription medicines. As a leader in gastrointestinal, cardiovascular,
neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation, oncology and infectious
disease medicines, AstraZeneca generated global revenues of $32.8
billion in 2009. In the United States, AstraZeneca is a $14.8 billion
healthcare business. For more information about AstraZeneca in the US or
the AZ&Me Prescription Savings programs, please visit:
call 1-800-AZandMe (292-6363).
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