Medicare Open Enrollment

Anyone who has Medicare can participate in the Medicare drug benefit, also known as Medicare Part D. Open enrollment for all Medicare beneficiaries is Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. During this period, anyone can join, switch, or drop a Medicare drug plan. The change takes effect January 1.

Every plan has a different list of drugs that it covers and the plans change their premiums and coverage each year. Different pharmacies accept different plans. Co-payments, premiums, deductibles and whether coverage is available in the coverage gap vary widely among plans.

Seniors can use the Medicare plan comparison tool online at the Medicare website or you can call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227.

The local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides this service at no cost. SARCOA’s local SHIP contractor is Davis and Associates, Attorneys at Law.  Call 334-671-3990 to make an appointment for assistance.

More information about Medicare Part D can be found here.