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Medicare Open Enrollment begins Nov. 15

Medicare Open Enrollment is Nov. 15-Dec. 31.

It’s time to review your plan.

Every year, there are new prescription drug and health plan coverage choices available to people with Medicare. Open Enrollment is the time of year when current or newly-eligible Medicare beneficiaries, including people with original Medicare, can review their current health or prescription drug plans, compare the plans to other options, and choose the plans that best meet their current needs.

There’s never been a better time to check out Medicare coverage. With the new health care law, there are new benefits available to people with Medicare, including lower prescription costs, wellness checkups and preventive care. The new law also provides better ways to protect beneficiaries from fraud, making Medicare stronger for all of us and for future generations.

Take advantage of Open Enrollment and be sure to compare current plans with new plan offerings, as well as learn about the new benefits that are available. People with Medicare may find a way to save money, get better coverage, or both.

Medicare has several ways to ensure people get the information to help in deciding what kind of coverage works best, including:

• Get one-on-one help from your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Contact the local SHIP office (located at the Silver Foxes Den) for a one-on-one appointment/counseling at 264-2167 regarding all aspects of Medicare, including the Part D prescription program, or find further information online at www.medicare.gov, where you can get a personalized comparison of the costs and coverage of the plans available in your area.

• Call (800) 633-4227 24 hours a day/seven days a week to find out more about your coverage options. TTY users should call (877) 486-2048.

Medicare has a program to help pay for prescription drugs for those with a limited income. To find out if you qualify, visit www.socialsecurity.gov, or call (800) 772-1213 and ask about “Extra Help” program.