Medicare Recipients Encouraged to Enroll Early

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans is underway, and advocates are encouraging recipients to make sure all of their medications are covered.

“We want everyone to be aware that now’s the time. Take the time to look at what your coverage is and make sure it’s still going to work for you in the new year,” said Maureen McIntyre, CEO of the North Central Area Agency on Aging.

McIntyre said formularies are subject to change. Those are the lists of prescription medications covered under specific plans.

For 2019, there are about 26 Medicare Part D plans available, McIntyre said.

"The stakes can be high. If you wind up in a plan that isn't going to cover one of your meds, it's a long 12 month period until the open enrollment comes around again," she said.

The Medicare Plan Finder can help find beneficiaries find a plan that will fit their needs. McIntyre said it’s helpful to have a list of your prescription medications and dosages on hand when using the tool.

During open enrollment, recipients can also switch from an Original Medicare plan to a Medicare Advantage plan, or vice versa.

Open enrollment for Medicare runs through Dec. 7, 2018.

Anyone with questions can call 1-800-994-9422 or attend a CHOICES enrollment event.

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