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Some Medicare Open Enrollment Facts

When’s the Medicare Open Enrollment Period?
Every year, Medicare’s open enrollment period is October 15 – December 7.

What’s the Medicare Open Enrollment Period?
Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.

How do you know if you need to change plans?
If you are in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan, you should always review the materials your plans send you, like the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC). If your plans are changing, you should make sure your plans will still meet your needs for the following year. If you’re satisfied that your current plans will meet your needs for next year and it’s still being offered, you don’t need to do anything.

When can you get information about next year’s Medicare plans?
Information for next year’s plans will be available beginning in October.

Where can people find Medicare plan information or compare plans?
1-800-MEDICARE or Medicare.gov.

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2017-10-03T23:57:50+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Latest|