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Medicare Open Enrollment Period underway until Dec.


October 15 marked the beginning of the Medicare AOEP for 2016. What is that anyway? It is the Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period. This is the time of the year when, if we are enrolled in Medicare, that most of us have the opportunity to make changes to our Medicare coverage. This period runs from October 15 until December 7, Pearl Harbor Day. During this time we all need to look at the Medicare coverage we have and determine if it is working for us. By now we have received information for our Medicare providers of the changes in coverage that will take place in 2017 (there are changes made every year). We need to read this information to find out if there are changes that will affect us. This is the time of the year for you to do this. Maybe you are enrolled in Traditional Medicare with a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. You need make sure all of your medications will still be covered by you current plan in 2017. You may want to find out if there is a plan available to you that can save you some money. This is the time of the year you to do this. Maybe you are enrolled in Traditional Medicare and want to explore a Medicare Advantage Plan (that is Medicare benefits through a private insurer that is approved by Medicare). Or you may be enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan and have decided that it does not work for you and you want to move back to Traditional Medicare. This is the time of the year for you to do this. Whatever your Medicare situation is, this is the time of the year for you to review your Medicare coverage and make changes if changes will help you save money. We may be able to help with this process. We do not sell any Medicare insurance. We are not insurance agents. We take your information to help us understand your particular situation and then review what Medicare plans are available to you. Then you use that information to make an informed decision concerning your Medicare coverage. If you decide to make a change we can help you start that process. You may reach our intake telephone at 1-800-256-6848, your information will be taken and you will be referred to a Benefits Counselor. Remember, the Area Agency on Aging of Deep East Texas is here for you.


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