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

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Your health needs change from year to year, and in some cases the benefits and costs of your current 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 during the year when all people eligible for Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their current coverage.

In 2017, there are several new benefits available for all people that qualify for coverage whether you choose the Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan including lower prescription costs, wellness visits, and preventive care. So by taking advantage  of the Annual Election Period, you may be able to save money, improve your coverage, or both.

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

  • Visit www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan 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 Wednesdays 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 email olivia_jones@ncsu.eduSHIIP logo Color[1].