Fall is the perfect time to take care of things around your houseâlike turning your clocks back and changing smoke detector batteries. Another important item on your fall checklist is Medicareâs Open Enrollment, which runs from October 15âDecember 7. Itâs important that your health plan meets the changing demands in your life, so nowâs your chance to review your coverage and see if you need to make any changes for next year. Or, you may decide youâre happy with the plan you have now. If thatâs the case, and the plan is still being offered next year, you donât need to do anything.
Over the next few months, look aroundâyouâll find a wealth of information about your Medicare benefits, especially in these everyday places:
In the mail
Look through your mail carefullyâyou may get important notices from your current plan, Medicare, or Social Security about changes to your coverage or any Extra Help you may get paying for prescription drugs.
Also, look for your Medicare & You handbook. It contains information about all of the Medicare plans in your area. If you decided to âgo paperless,â youâll get an email pointing you to Medicare.gov where you can get all the same information.
Youâll also start to see brochures from companies that offer Medicare health and drug plans. Just remember, be smart about protecting your personal information and your identityâplans arenât allowed to call or come to your home without an invitation from you.
On your computer
Comparing your plan choices is important. Our Medicare Plan Finder is ready with all of the 2016 health and drug plan cost information to make it as easy as possible. Enter the drugs you take to find out how you can lower your costs and review the planâs ratings to compare plan quality. If you find a plan that meets your needs, youâll be able to join the plan right online starting October 15. If you havenât used the Plan Finder before, check out our video to help you get started.
In your community
Take a moment as you enjoy these crisp mornings to review the Medicare information thatâs out there. You may find a local eventâsomewhere right around the corner with counselors to help you, like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program. Donât miss the chance to get personalized help if you need it!
Nowâs the time to enjoy the choice and control you have over your health care coverage. Just like fall, Medicare Open Enrollment only comes once a year.