Can you believe it is already November? We are about to head into
the busy holiday season, and I’m sure you have enough on your To Do list
– I know mine is already growing! I would encourage you to squeeze in
one more thing. Help your parent or senior loved one prepare for
Medicare’s open enrollment period.
Medicare’s open enrollment
began two weeks ago, a little earlier than usual. If you need to make
changes to Medicare health or prescription drug coverage for 2013, open
enrollment is from October 15 to December 7.
Start by sitting down
and having a conversation with your senior about their needs. This
provides a great opportunity to examine the options together and settle
on the best option.
Then visit the Medicare website, which has a fully updated Medicare Plan Finder,
with all new 2013 cost and benefit information for health and drug
plans. You can enter the drugs and check on the doctors and pharmacies
your senior wants to use. This tool will help you develop a list of
choices that you can then compare and enroll in.
Medicare is covered in depth in a new video series hosted
by Mary Alexander, a certified senior advisor from Home Instead Senior
Care. Topics in this series include the components of Medicare, Medicare
eligibility and enrollment, types of Medicare coverage, supplemental
insurance, and where to find Medicare information.
I think you’ll find the series very useful as you navigate the “Medicare maze.”
Video Series: How to Handle the Medicare Maze Medicare Website
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