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Medicare Open Enrollment
Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 - December 7
Medicare is stronger than ever with
more benefits, better choices, and lower costs to
beneficiaries. Expanded Medicare benefits under the
health care law (the Affordable Care Act) continue to be
available –including certain free preventive benefits,
cancer screenings and an annual wellness visit. Whether
you choose Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage
plan - take advantage of Open Enrollment to review cost,
coverage, or both for next year (2014).
More Benefits: Certain preventive
benefits – including cancer screenings – are
available with no cost to patients when furnished by
qualified and participating health professionals.
The annual wellness visit allows people to sit down
and discuss with their doctor their health care
needs and the best ways to stay healthy.
Better Choices: Medicare will
notify beneficiaries about plan performance and use
its online Plan Finder to encourage enrollment in
Lower Costs: Average premiums for
2014 for prescription drug coverage and Medicare
health plans will remain stable. People who are in
the “donut hole” in Medicare’s prescription drug
benefit will enjoy approximately 53 percent
discounts on covered brand name drugs and see
increased savings on generic drugs.
The new Health Insurance Marketplace
won’t affect your Medicare coverage and is not part of
Medicare Open Enrollment which occurs from October 15 to
December 7. Medicare is not part of the Health Insurance
Marketplace. You do not need to enroll in the new Health
Insurance Marketplace to maintain or change your
Your health needs change from year to
year. And, your health plan may change the benefits and
costs each year too. That's why it’s important to
evaluate your Medicare choices regularly. Open
Enrollment is the one time of year when ALL people with
Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer
and make changes to their coverage. It’s worth it to
take the time to review and compare, but you don’t have
to do it alone. Medicare is available to help.
www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare your current
coverage with all of the options that are available in
your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to
make a change.
Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours a day/7
days a week to find out more about your coverage
TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
Review the Medicare & You 2014 handbook. It is mailed to people
with Medicare in September.
have limited income and resources, you may be able to
get Extra Help paying your prescription drug coverage
costs. For more information, visit
or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.
should call 1-800-325-0778.
one-on-one help from your State Health Insurance
Assistance Program (SHIP). Visit
www.medicare.gov/contacts or call 1-800-MEDICARE to
get the phone number.
This message is brought to you by the U.S. Department
of Health & Human Services.