Medicare Open Enrollment Begins Soon`

Posted 10/9/2019 in Regional Medical Center

Call SHIIP Counselors at RMC for Help

Open enrollment is underway for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. The Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is available to offer free, unbiased and confidential assistance to Iowans.

There are four new Part D drug plans available and many new Medicare Advantage options. Medicare can be very confusing. If you are eligible for Medicare or a caregiver, reach out to the SHIIP counselors at RMC for help.

Iowans may make changes to their Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plan during open enrollment beginning October 15, 2019, through December 7, 2019. Iowans that miss the open enrollment deadline most likely would have to wait a full year before making changes to their plan.

“We expect to see a high percentage of the people saving money by changing plans for 2020,” SHIIP Director Kris Gross noted. “Last year SHIIP helped Iowans save over $32 million by comparing Medicare Part D plans for Iowans”

SHIIP is reminding Iowans to do three important things during Medicare open enrollment:

  1. Review your plan notice. Read any notices from your Medicare plan about changes for next year - especially your “Annual Notice of Change” letter. Review your plan’s information to make sure the prescriptions you use are still covered and your medical providers and pharmacy are still in network.
  2. Think about what matters most to you. Medicare health and drug plans change each year and so can your health needs. Does your current plan best meet your needs?
  3. Shop for the plans that meet your needs and fit your budget. Compare plans even if you’ve been satisfied with your current plan. The coverage and costs for plans can change from year to year.

For SHIIP assistance at Regional Medical Center, call 563-927-7405. SHIIP is a free, confidential service of the State of Iowa.  SHIIP counselors review all plans offered and do not promote any particular plan or company. Learn more about SHIIP at shiip.iowa.gov.