Medicare Open Enrollment begins Oct. 15


By Michael Fierberg

Special to The SUN

Q: Isn’t it almost time for Medicare Open Enrollment? Is that different from the Open Enrollment Period for the Health Insurance Marketplace? If I already have Medicare Part D coverage, do I need to do anything?

A: Yes, Medicare Open Enrollment is starting on Oct. 15 and continues until Dec. 7. That’s different from the dates for the Health Insurance Marketplace, which has an Open Enrollment Period starting Nov. 1 and running until Jan. 31, 2016.

If you’re already enrolled and happy with your plan, you don’t have to do anything. But there could be big savings for you if you check into the choices you have for next year.

That’s because plans can, and often do, change from one year to the next. Your needs could change, too. For example, you might be taking new or different medicines now than you were a year ago. If this is the case, it’s especially important to look at your choices for 2016 while there’s time to change if you want to.

The plan you’re enrolled in now will send out information to you about what changes it will make for 2016. You should have this information by the end of September.

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