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Medicare Open Enrollment Starts October 15

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Good news! You can enroll in Medicare health and drug plans from October 15 to December 7. If you’re already enrolled in Medicare and want to change plans, you can do that during this time period. Whatever Medicare plan you choose will go into effect January 1, 2024.

Here are a few things you can do to prepare for and participate in Medicare Open Enrollment:

  • Check your mail. You may receive an Annual Notice of Changes from Medicare in the mail informing you of any changes in coverage, costs, physicians leaving your network, or service areas in your existing plan. Please read this thoroughly to see if you need to adjust your coverage.
  • Keep an eye out for fraud. You also may receive brochures in the mail or phone calls from scammers that claim to offer Medicare prescription drug and health plans. Err on the side of caution and report anything suspicious to Medicare’s fraud department by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Learn more about how to protect yourself from Medicare fraud.
  • Think about your Medicare coverage needs for 2024. Carefully review your current Medicare coverage and decide if it will meet your needs for the year ahead. If you like your current coverage and it’s still available for 2022, you don’t need to take any action to keep it.
  • Want to change your coverage? If you do want to change plans, you can easily review 2024 health and prescription drug plans to compare coverage options and shop for health plans. For a personalized search, log in or create an account (if you have a Medicare Number) to create or access a list of your drugs, compare your current Medicare plan to others, and see prices based on any help you get with drug costs.
  • Learn more about Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D).  Get answers to your questions by downloading this enrollment guide from Medicare Access for Patients Rx.
  • Get personalized help. You can receive free help from health insurance counselors in your area by reaching out to your State Health Insurance Assistance Program. They also can tell you if you qualify for help paying for your Medicare coverage.

For more information or to request help from Medicare experts, you can use this online form or call toll-free 1-800-633-4227.

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