The Ottumwa Courier

October 10, 2013

MHP to host free Medicare Part D enrollment event

Ottumwa Courier

---- — OSKALOOSA – To assist Mahaska County residents with Medicare open enrollment for Part D drug coverage and Medicare Advantage plans, Mahaska Health Partnership will host a free, two-day open enrollment event on Oct. 29 and 30 in the Education Centers, entrance #2.

According to MHP Volunteer Coordinator Kim Langfitt, MHP will have three Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors ready to assist Medicare recipients with open enrollment.

“Every year, participants of Medicare Part D drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans can change their benefits and costs,” Langfitt explained. “These changes are announced Oct. 1 and go into effect Jan. 1. That is why it is so important for everyone on Medicare to take advantage of the open enrollment period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Doing a plan review could save you money in 2014.”

According to Langfitt, SHIIP Counselors will be available by appointment from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30. Each appointment will take approximately one hour, and couples should plan on two hours.

To make an appointment with a SHIIP counselor on Oct. 29 or 30, call Langfitt at 641-672-3342.

“Everyone on Medicare should compare plans each year,” Langfitt stressed. “Both Part D and Medicare Advantage plans can change premiums, deductibles, co-payments and drugs covered annually. You could be surprised on Jan. 1 if you stay with your current plan and find it doesn’t provide the coverage you want or need.”