Believe it or not, we’re almost halfway through October which means Medicare Open Enrollment is rapidly approaching. Starting Saturday, October 15, through Wednesday, December 7, newly qualified patients and current Medicare beneficiaries may review their coverage options and select their 2017 health plan choices.
In preparation, there are nationwide tools that you should check out:
- Medicare Plan Finder: This online tool will help you run a personalized search to see what options are available for you in your area. By using what you know about your medical needs, such as your current list of prescription medicines, you can find plan options that work for you. Visit: Medicare.gov/find-a-plan
- 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227): Hoping to speak with someone directly about your options? This helpline or Medicare.gov are both great tools.
- Medicare & You: This handbook has all the information you need to know about Medicare and Open Enrollment for 2017.
And there are local offices with representatives that can provide direct assistance. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program in your state (SHIP) may be able to help during open enrollment. You can also visit your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) office for assistance. And be sure to talk to your doctor about your health care needs.
Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be providing Open Enrollment tips, so be sure to sign up for updates here.
Nicole Longo Nicole is senior director of public affairs at PhRMA focusing on Medicare, 340B, importation and more. She previously worked for a D.C.-based public affairs firm where she assisted a wide range of clients with communications efforts on everything from trade policy to agriculture policy to health care policy. Outside the office, Nicole can be found trying new restaurants (usually Italian), taking an occasional barre class and cheering on the Cincinnati Bengals.