| Thu, Aug 30, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

Is Your Medicare Plan the Best One for You? This Checklist Can Help You Decide

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

medicare info checklistReviewing your Medicare coverage may not be tops on your list of fun things to do during summer’s dog days. It’s a good idea to start thinking about it, though. Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is just around the corner, running from October 15 through December 7.

MedicareMadeClear.com has a simple tool that can help you decide whether you may want to look for a different plan. The Medicare Plan Review Worksheet helps you judge how well your current plan meets your needs.

The worksheet can help you assess your experience with your plan in the following areas:

  • Coverage
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Satisfaction

You may find that your current plan works well for you. That’s great! Then you can let the OEP go by without taking any action. But if your assessment reveals some ways that your plan is lacking, then you may want to explore other choices. If you do, then you can use what you learned from the assessment to focus your search on plan choices that may be more likely to meet your needs.

 Medicare’s annual open enrollment gives you a chance to make sure you have the best Medicare plan for you. It’s also a handy reminder to review your current plan every year, even if you think it provides everything you need. If it truly does, then completing the Medicare Plan Review Worksheet can serve to reassure your choice. If you find that it doesn’t, then it’s best to know so you can do something about it.

For more information, contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048. If you have questions about Medicare Made Clear, call 1-877-619-5582, TTY 711, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

Resources:

Medicare Plan Review Worksheet: Simple tool to help you assess how well your plan meets your current needs

Medicare.gov: The official U.S. government site for Medicare

Medicare Coverage Examples: See how four people with different needs decided which plans were right for them

Y0066_120813_095413 CMS Accepted