(Family Features) Medicare’s Open Enrollment period gives everyone with Medicare the opportunity to make changes to their health plans or prescription drug plans for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Don’t delay, the Open Enrollment period ends Dec. 7.
Medicare plans can change year to year – even your current plan may be changing. Medicare.gov makes it easy to compare coverage options, shop for plans and feel confident about your choices. You can do a side-by-side comparison of plan coverage, costs and quality ratings to help you more easily see the differences between plans. If you choose a new plan for 2022, you can enroll right there. If your current coverage still meets your health care needs, you don’t have to do anything.
Open Enrollment (Oct.15-Dec. 7) is your chance to compare your choices for the year ahead and to see if you could save money all year long.
Here are some things to consider when shopping for Medicare coverage:
Here are three ways you can compare plans:
Medicare Open Enrollment ends Dec. 7. Now is the time to act if you want to enroll in or make changes to your Medicare health or prescription drug plans for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2022. If your current coverage still meets your needs then you don’t have to do anything. Remember, if you miss the Dec. 7 deadline, you will likely have to wait a full year before you are able to make changes to your Medicare coverage.
For more information, visit Medicare.gov/plan-compare or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048. Help is available 24 hours a day, including weekends. If you need help in a language other than English or Spanish, let the customer service representative know the language.
More information about Medicare is also available on the Medicare Facebook page and by following @MedicareGov on Twitter.
If you have Medicare and you’re facing challenges paying for health care, you may qualify for Medicare Saving Programs run by your state that can help save you money on health and prescription drug costs. If your income for 2021 is below $18,000, it might be worth contacting your state’s Medicaid program about programs that may be available to you. To learn more, call 1-800-MEDICARE.
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Information provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
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