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 annually. This is why it is so important to regularly evaluate your Medicare choices and options. The Medicare 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 or make changes to their current coverage. This year’s Annual Election Period is from October 15 to December 7th.

It is definitely worth taking 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 other 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 (SHIIP) for assistance over the phone at 1-855-408-1212.
  • Call your local counseling site, the Currituck County Cooperative Extension Center at (252) 232-2261 for a face to face appointment with one of our trained counselors.

If you would like more information please contact Olivia Jones via phone 252-232-2261 or email olivia_jones@ncsu.edu.

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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 Oct 6, 2017
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