It's Open Enrollment from now until December 7, 2012!
So what? It's a pretty big what as this is the time you can increase, decrease, change, delete, adjust your medicare coverage! Beyond this window of time you are stuck! It's that simple.
If you still have questions and/or concerns you should contact your insurance agent. I also found this posting written by Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator at The Medicare Blog. Think she says it pretty well in very readable language. Hope you enjoy.
Per the words of Marilyn Tavenner:
"It’s picking season – pumpkins, apples, Halloween candy…and a Medicare health or drug plan."
"In my work with Medicare, one of the questions people ask me often is which plan is the best one. That’s not something I can answer, because picking a plan is an important and personal decision. Each person has a unique set of priorities. How do you weigh your options? Now’s the time to think about what matters to you, and pick the Medicare plan that meets your needs.
When you sit down to review your Medicare health and drug plan choices this year, keep track of the things you may want in a plan, and pick one that’s right for you. Here are some things to keep in mind while you consider your choices:
You should look at your current health care costs to find coverage that works with your financial situation. How much are your premiums and deductibles? How much do you pay for hospital stays and doctor visits? Just like with everything else, the lowest-premium health plan option might not be the best choice for you.
Are the services you need covered? We know future health care needs can be hard to predict, but changes happen. Maybe your doctor changed your prescriptions this year or you have different health concerns. Make sure you understand what services and benefits you’re likely to use in the coming year and find coverage that meets your needs.
Your time is valuable. When comparing plans, make sure you check which doctors and hospitals you’ll be able to use. Where are they located and what are their hours? Check which pharmacies you can use. Can you get prescriptions by mail? Remember that even if you’re happy with your current plan, these answers might change from year to year.
Quality of care
Ask yourself whether you’re truly satisfied with your medical care. Not all health care is created equal, and the doctors, hospitals and facilities you choose can impact your health. Look for plans with a 5‑star performance rating — the right expertise and care may help speed your recovery and improve your outcomes."
Marilyn also invites you to call 1 800-medicare. I also invite you to call me here at healthbroker.com if you have questions or need to discuss alternatives to your existing coverage. You can find me at 800-792-9114 714-840-0047