ACL Distributes Matte Release Reminding Medicare Beneficiaries about Open Enrollment

October 12, 2016

ACL is working with a contractor to remind Medicare beneficiaries about Medicare Open Enrollment and the availability of volunteers from State Health Information and Assistance Programs (SHIP) to help make the most of Medicare coverage options. The matte release is as follows:

Medicare Open Enrollment 101

Know your options and get free help 
(Family Features)

Medicare Open Enrollment SHIP promoAs autumn progresses, it’s important to keep your health in mind. Medicare’s fall open enrollment period will allow you to review your plan options.

Maybe you have a new prescription that is not covered by your current drug plan or you have a new health condition.

To ensure you get the most from Medicare in 2017, you should research your Medicare plan options during Medicare open enrollment.

Couple receiving help with MedicareOpen enrollment begins October 15 and closes December 7. Changes made during this time will take effect on January 1, 2017.

During open enrollment, you can:

  • Adjust Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage
  • Change from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan (or vice versa)
  • Switch between Medicare Advantage plans
  • Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
  • Switch existing drug plans or drop Medicare prescription drug coverage

If you’re unsure where to start, your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) can help.

SHIPs offer free one-on-one assistance year-round to Medicare-eligible beneficiaries, their families and caregivers. Trained counselors in your area can help with understanding Medicare benefits and the enrollment process.

Assistance is personalized, so SHIP counselors can help you find available options that fit your unique situation.

The program—funded by the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—provides services in every state as well as in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more about SHIP.

Don't wait until the last minute. Take care of your health now and find your SHIP at shiptacenter.org, or contact Medicare directly at 1-800-633-4227 or Medicare.gov.


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