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Medicare Annual Election Begins on November 15. Are you Ready to Select a Plan?

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Medicare Annual Election Period

Are you happy with your Medicare coverage? Reviewing your Medicare coverage annually can help ensure you’re getting the best coverage for your current needs. Here are some things to consider:

  • How is your health?
  • Do you take prescription drugs regularly? Which ones and how much are you spending on them?
  • What doctor’s do you see regularly?
  • How much so you travel?
  • How does health care fit into your budget? How much did you spend on medical care last year?

The Medicare Annual Election Period is a good time to make sure you have the all coverage you need—and that you’re not paying for coverage you aren’t using

Annual Election Period

The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) begins November 15 and ends December 31, 2010. During this time you have the option to add, drop or change your Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. This is the only time of the year you can do this unless you qualify for an exception. In this period you can also join or change your Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan, or return to Original Medicare Parts A and B.

In general, you can change your coverage only at certain times of the year, but there are exceptions to this rule. For example, if you have a Medicare Advantage plan and move out of your plan’s service area, you will have the chance to change your coverage without waiting for the next Annual Election Period (AEP).

If your circumstances change, don’t assume you must wait until the next Annual Election Period. Call the Medicare Helpline at 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY 1-877-486-2048) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and ask about exceptions to the rules that might apply to you, and ask about exceptions to the rules that might apply to you.

Interested in learning more? Read our blog post on selecting the right Medicare plan for your needs.

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