Medicare Open Enrollment

It is hard to believe that it’s time for Medicare Open Enrollment again.  It will be Thanksgiving before we know it!  Every year, Medicare offers its beneficiaries a chance to make changes to their insurance.  Beneficiaries can sign up for a different Medicare Drug Plan (or Part D Plan) and switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan (or vice-versa).  It is advisable that all Medicare beneficiaries take a hard look at their drug plan to make sure the 2013 version will still meet their needs. Medicare’s website (www.Medicare.gov) allows you to compare programs in your area based on the drugs that you currently use.  Oftentimes, seniors enroll in one Medicare Drug Plan and never change it even though their drugs may have changed.  When this happens, seniors could be paying a high premium for a drug plan that no longer meets their needs. Now is the time to evaluate to see if you are getting what you need out of your drug plan.

This year, the Fall Open Enrollment Period begins on Monday, October 15, and ends on Friday, December 7. Here are some resources that can help you:

Medicare’s Official Website       www.Medicare.gov

Georgia Cares                      www.mygeorgiacares.org     1-866-552-4464

Transition RBG                    www.transitionsrbg.com      678-880-8905

Medicare Rights Center      www.medicareinteractive.org  800-333-4114

Lastly, Jane Gross of the New York Times’s New Old Age Blog shared her experience navigating the myriad of Medicare choices: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/old-myself-and-none-too-pleased/

Good luck!