Medicare Annual Election Period Is Oct. 15-Dec.7

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Your health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may also change yearly. That is why it’s important to regularly evaluate your Medicare choices. The Annual Election Period is the one time of year when all people eligible for Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage.

There are new benefits available for all people that qualify for coverage whether you choose Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan including lower prescription costs, wellness visits and preventive care. Take advantage of the Annual Election Period and you may be able to save money, improve your coverage, or both.

It’s worth it to take the time to review and compare, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you typically use the December holidays to discuss health care options with family or friends, this year, start the conversation now. Remember that representatives from Medicare and SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, are available to help.

  • Visit to compare your current coverage with all of the options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.
  • Contact the state Senior Health Insurance Information Program for assistance over the phone at 1-855-408-1212
  • Call your local counseling site, the Currituck Cooperative Extension Center at (252) 232-2261 for a face to face appointment with one of our trained counselors. Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the office. Off site counseling is also available at the county’s senior centers.

If you would like more information please contact Olivia Jones via phone 252-232-2261 or e-mail Also check our website for Welcome to Medicare Class dates that will be released soon.

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Photo of Olivia Jones, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionOlivia JonesArea Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (252) 232-2261 (Office) olivia_jones@ncsu.eduCurrituck County, North Carolina
Updated on Aug 11, 2014
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