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MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT: ARE YOU READY

                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicare open enrollment is October 15-December 7th. It is time to compare plans, and make sure you have the right health and prescription drug coverage for you. Stay with your current plan if you are happy with it. Or look for a new one with better coverage, higher quality, and lower costs.

If you need help with comparing your coverage you can contact a local Senior Health Insurance Counselor (SHIP) for FREE, UNBIASED, & CONFIDENTIAL assistance. The SHIP Counselor is a person who volunteers to objectively counsel Medicare Beneficiaries, their caregivers or representatives who have problems and/or questions with Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicare managed care or long-term care insurance. The SHIP counselors near you are:

Bond County
Bond County Senior Center 618-664-1465

 

Clinton County
Clinton County Senior Center 618-594-2321
OFACIL 618-244-9212

 

Madison County
Collinsville Faith in Action 618-344-7788
Collinsville Senior Center 618-344-7787
Edwardsville Twsp 618-656-0232
The Oasis Institute 1-800-633-4227
Senior Services Plus 618-465-3298

 

Monroe County
Waterloo Senior Center 618-939-8880
LINC 618-282-2123

 

Randolph County
Chester Senior Center 618-826-5108
Sparta Senior Center 618-443-4020

 

St. Clair County
AgeSmart 618-222-2561
HealthVisions-ESTL 618-271-7000
Senior Services Plus (SWIC Programs and Services for Older Persons) 618-234-4410 Ext: 7028

 

Washington County
Washington Co. Senior Services 618-243-6533
OFACIL 618-244-9212

 

Still waiting for your new Medicare Card?
Your new Medicare card should have arrived in the mail by now. If you didn’t get it here is what to do next:
• Look around the house for any old or unopened mail. Your Medicare card will come in a plain white envelope from the Department of Health and Human Services.
• If you still can’t find it, call 1-800-MEDICARE. Call center representatives can help you check your address and fix it if needed.
• In the meantime, user your current Medicare card to get health care services.

 

2014 Medicare Open Enrollment

What Will You Find During Medicare Open Enrollment?
October 15 – December 7

Your health needs change from year to year. And, your health plan may change the benefits and costs each year too. That’s why it’s important to review your Medicare choices each fall. Compare your current plan to new options and see if you can lower some costs or to find a plan that better suit your needs. Open Enrollment is the one time of year when ALL people with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage.

Whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll still have the same benefits and security you have now:

• Certain preventive benefits – including cancer screenings – are available at no cost to you when provided by qualified and participating health professionals. The annual wellness visit lets you sit down with your doctor and discuss your health care needs and the best ways to stay healthy.

• Medicare will notify you about plan performance and use its online Plan Finder to encourage enrollment in quality plans.

• In 2015, if you reach the “donut hole” in Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, you’ll get a 55% discount on covered brand name drugs and see increased savings on generic drugs.

It’s worth it to take the time to review and compare, but you don’t have to do it alone. Medicare is available to help.
• Visit Medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare your current coverage with all of the options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.

• Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours a day/7 days a week to find out more about your coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

• Review the Medicare & You 2015 handbook. It’s mailed to people with Medicare in September.

• If you have limited income and resources, you may be able to get Extra Help paying your prescription drug coverage costs. For more information, visit socialsecurity.gov/i1020 or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778.

• Get one-on-one help from your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Visit Medicare.gov/contacts or call 1-800-MEDICARE to get the phone number.

This message is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

SHIP Contacts for Illinois:

Illinois Department on Aging Senior Health Insurance Program-  1-800-252-8966

AgeSmart Community Resources-
618-222-2561 or 1-800-326-3221  AgeSmart can connected you to your local community SHIP Counselor in the Illinois Counties of: Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington.

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