Time to Re-enroll for Medicare Part D- Watch for changes

November 14, 2008 1:43:18 PM PST
Open enrollment for Medicare Part D starts tomorrow. Eligible seniors and the disabled can choose a prescription drug plan. Even if you're already enrolled and like your plan, keep in mind those plans can change come January 1, 2009.

The premiums for many of them will go up, some by as much as 63-percent. Plans may also cut coverage on some drugs or your needs may have changed.

The acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Kerry Weems, visited Philadelphia today. He said even if this doesn't affect you, it could affect someone in your family.

"If you're the son or daughter of someone on Medicare sit down with them at the Thanksgiving Day table with them and ask if they've compared part D plans and help them get the right plan for them," he said, adding, "It's important for their health and it's important for your peace of mind."

Open enrollment starts tomorrow and runs through December 31st. You can find help online at www.medicare.govor by calling 1-800-medicare.

Local outreach programs will also be held to help people get signed up. The first is scheduled for November 20, 2008 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Wilmington Hospital Health Center, Second floor. (501 W. 14thth St.) Health screenings and flu shots will also be available.


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