Medicare Open Enrollment period to run through Dec. 31

NORWICH – Medicare beneficiaries – including Original Medicare recipients – and those new to the program this year will have a limited amount of time to review their current health and prescription drug coverage, compare health and drug plan options available and choose a coverage plan that best suits their needs, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period this year will run through Dec. 31 and Chenango County Area Agency on the Aging Coordinator of Services Brian Wessels said it’s important for those wishing to purchase a Medicare Advantage plan or stand alone drug plan to do so during this time period.

Mary Lee Campbell-Wisely, of senior insurance benefits provider Today’s Options, stated that, in the past, those wishing to enroll in a Medicare plan could do so whenever they wished, year round. That has changed in recent years as the CMS has been limiting that time frame.

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