Medicare Help to Guide Your Open Enrollment
Medicare Open Enrollment – the time to make changes
in your Medicare services – opens tomorrow and closes on December 7
By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com
Medicare videos may help you with Open
Enrollment - see links below
Oct. 14, 2015 – Medicare Open Enrollment – it
begins tomorrow, but for many senior citizens it is not something they
eagerly anticipate each year. Not liking change just seems to be
something that develops in our DNA as we become a senior. And, it is
made even more distasteful knowing the whole system of choosing the
right health and drug plans is designed for using a computer to go
That is the reality, but if you are one of the
growing number of seniors that feels comfortable with a computer – and
you probably are, since you read SeniorJournal.com – Medicare makes a
lot of information available to beneficiaries to simplify the task.
Below are links to a lot of helpful information, including videos that
Your needs in health insurance change from time to
time and so do the provisions of the health insurance plans offered by
Medicare. This is what makes the annual enrollment period so important.
It is a time when you to better match your needs to the available plans,
as well as a chance to maybe save a few dollars.
One the options we have is to choose if we want to
be covered in 2015 by traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage
Medicare says whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage
plan, you’ll still have these same basic benefits and security that you
had in 2014.
One big change in 2015: if you reach the “donut hole” in Medicare’s
prescription drug benefit, you’ll get a 55% discount on covered brand
name drugs and see increased savings on generic drugs.
The most important web link in this whole process is to the
Medicare Plan Finder, where Medicare has simplified things to help
you find the best drug plan for you.
But take the time to notice the links in the drop-down menus on this
page. They can guide you to almost all the information you need to know
about choosing the Medicare services and plans to fill you needs.
More Key Links
from Medicare to Help You Choose Your Best Plan
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours a day/7 days a week to find out
more about your coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
>> Review the
Medicare & You 2015handbook. It’s mailed to people with
Medicare in September and it is available online.
>> If you have
limited income and resources, you may be able to get Extra Help paying
your prescription drug coverage costs. For more information, visit
or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. TTY users should call
one-on-one help from your State Health Insurance Assistance Program
Medicare.gov/contacts or call 1-800-MEDICARE to get the phone
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