| Tue, Dec 28, 2010 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare Enrollment: Making a Confident Choice

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Medicare EnrollmentThe Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) is an important time of year for people who are eligible for Medicare. During AEP many beneficiaries find themselves with questions and sometimes confusion when it comes to understanding their Medicare coverage for the coming year. There are many resources available to answer your Medicare questions and empower you to make a confident choice.

Make a List of Questions

Begin by making a list of your questions about your current Medicare coverage. For example, have you experienced changes in your health care needs in the past year? Are you taking new or different prescription medications? Has your lifestyle changed, such as increased travel or time away from home?

Research Medicare Plans

After you compile your list, begin reviewing the plans available to you in your area. Be sure to consider your personal health care needs as well as your overall budget. You want to be sure to select a plan that provides coverage that best fits your needs. Are there gaps in your current coverage that you should fill in? Or are you paying for coverage that you do not use?  AEP is the time to make changes in your plan but you will need to begin the enrollment process before AEP ends December 31, 2010.

Resources to consider:

Medicare Made Clear

Visit MedicareMadeClear.com to learn more about Medicare and how it works. You can also call our helpline to speak with one of our representatives to get information about your Medicare options; 1-877-619-5582, TTY 711, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. local time, 7 days a week.

The Medicare Helpline

The Medicare helpline can also provide information about Medicare and detailed information about the plans and policies in your area. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or go to Medicare.gov.

Local Social Security Office

Your local social security office can offer help with questions regarding eligibility and enrolling in Medicare or Social Security retirement and disability benefits. The can also give you information about your eligibility for help with the cost of Medicare coverage. Call 1-800-772-1213, TTY 1-800-325-0778. Or visit secure.ssa.gov to locate the Social Security office nearest you.

Be sure to take advantage of these and other resources available to you. Get your Medicare questions answered before AEP is over and make a confident choice when it comes to 2011 Medicare enrollment.

Additional Resources

http://www.medicare.gov/Library/PDFNavigation/PDFInterim.asp?Language=English&Type=Pub&PubID=10050http://ssa.gov/pubs/10043.html

https://www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan/questions/home.aspx

http://www.medicareconsumerguide.com/