5 Things You Need to Know about Medicare Open Enrollment

  1. Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 through December 7
    October 15 to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health
    plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.
  2. Plans can change yearly
    Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like which drugs are
    covered, copayments, monthly premiums, and what providers and pharmacies are in their
    networks. Be sure to read any notices from your Medicare plan about changes for next year,
    especially your “Annual Notice of Change” letter. Look at your plan’s information to make sure
    your drugs are still covered and your doctors are still in network.
  3. Comparing plans is easy
    You can compare your Medicare Advantage health plan or Part D prescription drug plan by going
    to Medicare.gov and using an online tool that will compare all plans in your area.
  4. There may be help to pay for your medications
    Extra Help is a federal program that helps pay premiums, deductibles, and copayments for
    people enrolled in a Medicare health or drug plan. If you are an individual who makes less than
    $1630 monthly with less than $23,757 in assets, then you may qualify.
  5. MMAP can help you navigate the Medicare maze
    MMAP has certified Medicare counselors that can help you compare plans, enroll, and apply for
    programs to help you with your drug costs.
    The Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) has certified counselors that can
    help you review your Medicare plans. Call MMAP at 800-803-7174

This publication has been created or produced by [the AAA] with financial assistance,
in whole or in part from a grant from the Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency
through a grant from the Administration for Community Living.

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