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 www.medicare.gov 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 www.socialsecurity.gov 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: www.insurance.wa.gov/shiba/index
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.