Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Oct. 15 – Local Help Available

Before you choose a Medicare plan, consider the following tips:

  • · Plan costs and coverage can change every year, so carefully review all letters and notices from your current plan.
  • · Make a list of all current prescription drugs you take, the doses, and how often. Then, use the Plan Finder at to compare Part D plans.
  • · Review the 2013 Medicare & You handbook. You should receive it by mid-October.
  • · If you have questions, call 1-800- MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) before you sign up.
  • · If you have limited income and need help paying for prescription drugs, check out Medicare’s “Extra Help” program. To see if you qualify, contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or go to and click on Medicare.

“Whatever you do, don’t wait until the end of the enrollment period to get help,” added Kreidler. “Call us today at 1-800-562-6900 and ask to schedule an appointment with a SHIBA volunteer advisor in your area.”

Free Medicare workshops in your area:

For help in other languages, call:

§ Spanish, Medicare, 1-800-633-4227

§ Spanish, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, 1-866-783-2645

§ Korean, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, 1-800-582-4259

§ Chinese, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, 1-800-582-4218

§ Vietnamese, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, 1-800-582-4336

§ Or ask a trusted friend or relative for help.