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How to get free help in sorting out your options during Medicare Open Enrollment now underway

Medicare Open Enrollment is now underway. Medicare has published the new plan information for Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D Drug plans available in 2022.

Open Enrollment is an important time of year when people on Medicare should compare their plans to make sure they have the appropriate, most affordable coverage available.

The Medicare SHIP Program, a non-profit organization, will provide comparison assistance at no charge to you. Medicare SHIP does NOT sell or endorse any insurance company and will help you make informed decisions with regard to your Medicare needs. Additionally, our program can screen you for money-saving benefits, such as Extra Help or the Medicare Savings Program, that could significantly save you money.
Medicare SHIP can help you compare Medicare Advantage Plans or Medicare Part D drug plans. Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes called “Part C” or “MA Plans,” are offered by Medicare-approved private companies that sell a bundled all-in-one alternative to original Medicare.

Oftentimes, these plans include prescription drug coverage. Additionally, the plan becomes your primary medical insurance and is shown to your healthcare provider when you receive services. Sometimes, the plans have additional coverage not offered by original Medicare, like limited dental, vision, or hearing coverage. However, the plans also have restrictions like provider networks.
Alternatively, Medicare Part D plans are stand-alone insurance plans that cover your prescription medications. It is important to compare your drug insurance every year as plans change their premiums, deductibles, and formularies (the list of medications that they cover). Though your plan may have worked well in years past, without comparing your 2022 options there is no guarantee it is the best coverage for you in the new year!
Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7. Do not delay and call your Medicare SHIP Program today for free assistance. Call the Medicare SHIP Program at 1-866-516-3051 or visit lablaw.org/benefits-enrollment-center to find out more and to get information.

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