Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Under Way
Insurance Commissioner Jim Long is reminding the state's 1.3 million Medicare beneficiaries that the Medicare Part D open enrollment period started Nov. 15, and will continue through the end of the year.
"Now is the time to make changes to your Medicare Part D plan -- whether you want to switch your prescription drug coverage to a plan that better meets your needs or you are enrolling in Part D for the very first time," said Long. "If you don't act now during this six-week enrollment period, you'll have to wait another year before you can make changes. Just like other insurance decisions, choosing a Part D plan can be confusing and overwhelming, but my staff in the SHIIP Division can help you make an informed decision."
SHIIP, or the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, employs trained staff who can answer questions about Medicare Part D. For the coming year, North Carolina will have 49 prescription drug plans (PDPs) available to Medicare beneficiaries, and 21 companies will administer the plans. Some existing plans also have changed their prescription formularies, monthly premiums and deductibles.
"We also want folks to know that there are programs available to those who qualify for extra help paying for their prescription drugs," Long said.
Low-income beneficiaries may qualify for Medicare's prescription drug assistance program or North Carolina's NCRx program. To learn more about extra financial help, contact your local Social Security Administration office or call NCRx at 888-488-6279.
For questions about Medicare Part D's enrollment period, PDPs or other Medicare products, call SHIIP toll-free at (800) 443-9354.
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