WASHINGTON— AARP released a statement today on Medicare open enrollment by Cheryl Matheis, AARP Director of Health Strategies:
“Today marks the start of open enrollment for Medicare Part D, drug coverage that is helping millions of Americans afford their prescription drugs. A new study by AARP shows high satisfaction with the Medicare Part D plans and while we are pleased to see satisfaction so high, we recommend that people do their homework to make sure they are still getting the best drug coverage for their individual needs. Because Medicare Part D plans can change what drugs are covered and monthly premiums from year to year, we urge people to carefully review all plans offered in their area and select the best plan for them.
“We also need to increase enrollment in the ‘Extra Help’ low income subsidy. This valuable benefit can help older Americans with limited incomes pay their part D monthly premiums, reduce co pays and possibly provide full coverage for their drugs. Many people are not getting this benefit and we encourage everyone who feels they may be eligible to apply.”
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) has counselors in every state to answer questions and assist people with enrollment in Part D. You can find contact information for your local SHIP, as well as information on how to enroll, at www.Medicare.gov or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE. To apply or get more information about the “Extra Help” call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit www.socialsecurity.gov on the web. And for more information visit the AARP website at: www.aarp.org.
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