National Medicare Education Week is Sept. 15 – 21. It is one week each year that’s devoted to helping you understand Medicare. It’s good timing, too, because Medicare Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. This is when you may change your Medicare coverage choices for the upcoming year. So now is the time to make sure you choo
se coverage based on your needs.
National Medicare Education Week is one week each year that’s devoted to helping you understand Medicare. It begins on Sept. 15 – exactly one month before Medicare Open Enrollment starts – and it lasts through Sept. 21. Medicare Open Enrollment, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, is when you may change your Medicare coverage choices for the upcoming year.
Original Medicare (Parts A and B) doesn’t cover all your health care costs. Some people add a Medicare supplement insurance plan and a prescription drug plan (Part D) to Original Medicare. Others choose a Medicare Advantage plan (Part C) with drug coverage instead. Either approach may help deal with costs not paid by Original Medicare.
You can shop for a Medicare Advantage or Part D plan every year if you want to. You have a guaranteed chance to switch plans during Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7).
Did you know? According to a 2013 UnitedHealthcare survey, most adults can’t identify what Medicare Parts A, B, C and D cover. Also, 70% of baby boomers describe their understanding of Medicare as “fair” or “poor.”