To get the most from the open enrollment period it’s important to know what decisions you can and cannot make.
On November 24 at 9:30 am the Nassau County Council on Aging hosts a Medicare Enrollment Info Session for Seniors throughout the County. For Seniors one of the most important periods of the calendar year is Medicare Open Enrollment period.
Unfortunately, it can also be a stressful time due to the excess of information offered and the number of decisions to be made, many of which will have long term consequences. Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) will help Nassau seniors navigate these waters by hosting a Medicare Enrollment Information Session on Monday, Nov. 24 at 9:30 am. This hour-long session will be held at the Fernandina Beach NCCOA Senior Center.
If you are not familiar with the annual enrollment period, it’s the time period between October 15th and December 7th when you can enroll in Medicare Advantage Plans, as well as Part D Prescription Drug Plans. During this time, you can also review or change your current Medicare plans. This period is the same across the United States, including Florida.
“Part of our mission here at the Council on Aging is to keep our seniors well-informed,” said Janice Ancrum NCCOA’s Executive Director. “We strive to get the leading experts in the field who can offer the most current information available so our clients can make sound decisions on their own behalf.”
The Open Enrollment period is a time to take a step back, reevaluate your situation, and explore your options. While seniors can do this on their own, NCCOA will have two expert speakers, Janet Pitts and Sandra Taylor on hand to explain Medicare’s finer points in making decisions during this Open Enrollment Period. To get the most from the open enrollment period it’s important to know what decisions you can and cannot make.
Here is a partial list of what seniors can do
• Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan.
• Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare.
• Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage.
• Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage.
• Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
• Switch from one Medicare drug plan to another Medicare drug plan.
• Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage completely.
Please be aware that NCCOA will only present current information during this event and not offer or give advice regarding which plan someone should choose.
Note: The Council on Aging is a 501(C)(3) non-profit agency, partially funded by government grants and donations from private individuals. Call 261-0701 for more information.