Enrollment Period For Medicare Open Through Dec. 7

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 12:00 am  

Medicare’s open enrollment period began Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7, according to a news release from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

The open enrollment period allows current and newly eligible beneficiaries to sign up for benefits or make changes to their existing benefit plans.

“Medicare beneficiaries have the option every year to review the coverage that’s right for them, depending on their health-care needs,” McDaniel said. “As with any insurance product, it’s always good practice to shop around for the best plan.”

In addition to typical Medicare coverage, beneficiaries must join a Medicare prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D), unless they have prescription coverage under another recognized plan.

Beneficiaries may choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan, which operates like an HMO or PPO and may also include a prescription drug benefit.

More information is online at Medicare.gov. Arkansas Medicare beneficiaries can also receive assistance from the Senior Health Insurance Information Program by calling (800) 224-6330 or online.



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