Monthly Archives: September 2015

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for the 2016 year runs from October 15 to December 7, 2015. During that period, you can switch from original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa. You can also switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another. To change you can call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE, visit www.medicare.gov or call SHINE at 1-866-531-8011. If you are satisfied with your current plan, you don’t need to do anything. But you need to review the book that you have received to make sure that there are no major changes. Rates have changes such as deductible have gone up from $320.00 to $360.00, the donut hole went from $2,960 on covered drugs (the combined amount plus your deductible), to $3,310 for 2016. This is the time to review your plans and if needed apply for extra help either with Department of Children’s & Family (Medicaid) or Extra Help Social Security since they amounts also change each year.