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 quality plans.
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
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 Medicare coverage.
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 options. TTY users should call
Review the Medicare & You 2014 handbook. It is
mailed to people with Medicare in September.
If you 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. TTY users should call
Get 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.
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