Seniors to Find
Medicare Advantage, Drug Plans Improving as Enrollment Opens
CMS touts better
quality and more variety and steady prices as Open Enrollment period
begins today, runs through December 7 (Links to
more news on Open Enrollment below news report)
and people with disabilities are benefiting from improved
quality in Medicare health and drug plans at competitive
CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner
Oct. 15, 2014 -
For 2015, steadily increasing quality of plans should give seniors
confidence that they have an array of quality choices at competitive
prices, according to a news release today from The Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services (CMS) reminding seniors that Medicare Open
Enrollment begins today. CMS encourages people with Medicare to review
their current health and prescription drug coverage options for 2015.
that seniors should take this time to review their plans to make sure
they are the best choice for their situation. Thanks to the Affordable
Care Act, seniors and people with disabilities are benefiting from
improved quality in Medicare health and drug plans at competitive
prices, said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. With this improved
quality, Medicare health and drug plan enrollees will receive improved
care and coverage in a timely manner.
Medicare Advantage and the Part D Prescription Drug Program continues to
improve, CMS says. About 60 percent of Medicare Advantage enrollees are
currently enrolled in plans with four or more stars for 2015, in
contrast to an estimated 17 percent in 2009. And, Medicare Advantage
enrollment is projected to be at an all-time high in 2015 with more than
16 million beneficiaries.
star ratings from 1 to 5 (with 5 being the best) based on quality and
performance for Medicare health and drug plans to help beneficiaries,
their families, and caregivers compare plans. CMS is allowing 5-star
Medicare health and prescription drug plans to enroll beneficiaries at
any time during the year.
announced last month that the average Medicare Advantage (MA)
premium for 2015 is projected to be $33.90. Earlier
this year, CMS estimated that the average basic Medicare prescription
drug premium plan in 2015 was projected to be $32 per month.
passage of the Affordable Care Act, enrollment in Medicare Advantage
will increase to an all-time high of over 16 million covering 42
percent of enrollees.
Advantage premiums will have decreased by 6 percent. The law is also
closing the Medicare Part D donut hole, with more than 8.3 million
people saving over $12 billion on prescription drugs through July 2014.
coverage options and costs can change each year, and Medicare
beneficiaries should evaluate their current coverage and choices, and
select the plan that best meets their needs. If people with Medicare are
satisfied with their current coverage and feel it will meet their needs
for 2015, they to do not need to do anything.
information on Medicare Open Enrollment and to compare benefits and
prices of 2015 Medicare health and drug plans, and view state-by-state
fact sheets, visit the
Open Enrollment Center.
Open Enrollment will close at the end of the day on December 7.
Medicare, their families, and caregivers can review and compare current
plan coverage with new plan offerings, using many proven resources,
www.medicare.gov to see plan coverage and costs available in their
area, and enroll in a new plan if they decide to make a change. Open
Enrollment information is available in Spanish.
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for around-the-clock assistance to find
out more about coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
>> People with
Medicare who have limited income and resources may qualify for Extra
Help paying for their prescription drug costs. There is no cost or
obligation to apply for Extra Help, also called the low-income subsidy.
Medicare beneficiaries, family members, or caregivers can
apply online or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users
should call 1-800-325-0778) to find out more.
Medicare Open Enrollment the time to make changes in your
Medicare services opens tomorrow and closes on December 7
By Tucker Sutherland, editor,
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
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