Medicare’s Open Enrollment period is October 15 - December 7
with new coverage beginning January 1.
October 15 to December 7 is when people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2015. Information on 2015 plans will be available beginning in October.
You don't need to sign up for Medicare each year. However, each year you'll have a chance to review your coverage and make changes. Your health needs change from year to year. Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year-things like cost, coverage, and which providers and pharmacies are in their networks. That is why it is important to review your Medicare choices each fall.
People with Medicare can call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov for plan information.
Seniors in Central Mass can call Central Mass Agency on Aging at 508 852-5539 to make an appointment with a SHINE counselor to help them review their options.
Older adults everywhere in Massachusetts can call 1-800-AGEINFO (249-4636) option 3 to locate a SHINE counselor. If a person is satisfied that their current plan will meet their needs for next year, they don't need to do anything.