Medicare annual enrollment period begins on October 15 and ends on December 7. Block off time now to review your options before time slips away as you begin planning for the upcoming holiday season.
During this period, review your current plan and compare it to other plans available. Even if your plan is available for renewal, verify your coverage and cost are the same.
This entire process has increased in complexity, therefore, plan to spend several hours reviewing your options.
Take advantage of free seminars in your community to review Medicare options. Also, use the free comparison tool available on Medicare.gov.
You can also find local help on the Medicare website. To ensure you are receiving unbiased information, ask the local person helping you how they are compensated. Some health insurance brokers receive a commission from the Medicare plan you sign up for which may skew their recommendation.
The following list are things to consider as you compare plans:
Changes in your health (i.e., new diagnosis)
Relocation – even if it’s in the same State
Access to your doctors, including specialists
Typical wait time for access of care
Coverage when you travel
Perks with the plan
Every year during this specified time, you’ll have the opportunity to switch your Medicare plan. With the health care environment constantly changing, reviewing your current plan and comparing it to other offerings is wise.
Your existing plan may have changes that impact you or your health care needs may be better served with another plan. With age, it’s expected to spend more time and money on health care.
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