The annual enrollment and renewal period for Medicare Part D will be upon us soon! From November 15-December 31, 2010, Medicare Part D beneficiaries will have the opportunity to choose an affordable plan to cover their prescription drugs. Why must a beneficiary renew their plan every year? Medicare Part D plans are managed through private insurance companies, and every year these insurance companies modify what their plan offers. As a beneficiary, in order to receive coverage that fits most appropriately with your needs, it is important to review your plan. If your plan is not renewing next year, they will notify you that you will need to obtain another plan. If you do not personally choose your plan, Medicare will choose a plan for you. The plan that Medicare chooses may not be the most cost effective or comprehensive plan for your needs.
How can a beneficiary renew their plan? The renewal process can be completed online by using Medicare Plan Finder.
The website for this online service is: https://www.medicare.gov/find-aplan/questions/home.aspx
Is there someone who can help you with the online Plan Finder service? Yes! Case Managers at the North/Eastside Senior Coalition are ready to help any community members on the North Side chose their new Part D plan. Contact a case manager today by calling 608-243-5252 ext. 208. Also, beneficiaries can call the Prescription Drug Helpline (Over age 60)
at 1-866-456-8211or the Disability Drug Benefit Helpline (under age 60) at 1-800-926-4826 if you have questions about plan renewal.
What should a beneficiary have ready before they access the Medicare Plan Finder service? Beneficiaries should have their Medicare Part A and B identification numbers ready, found on Medicare cards. Also, be sure to have a list of all your medications as well as dosage, frequency and cost per month of the medication on hand.
Navigating the complicated health care system can be confusing. Just remember, you are not alone! At NESCO, there are people who care about your health care needs and are ready and willing to help you live well!