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Medicare enrollment in full swing



— Medicare annual enrollment began Oct. 15 and will continue through Dec. 7. Medicare beneficiaries can change, drop or enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan or Part D prescription drug coverage plan. While the annual enrollment period applies to these plans, it does not apply to Medigap. The Idaho Department of Insurance encourages consumers to review available plans through Medicare Plan Finder, www.Medicare.gov.

The Department’s office of Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) is available to help consumers understand their options. SHIBA is a federally-funded program that offers free, unbiased counseling – advisors do not sell insurance nor recommend coverage.

Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to begin researching their options early and seek counseling if needed to make sure they are getting the best coverage for the coming plan year.

Talk to a SHIBA counselor or schedule an in-person appointment by calling toll free 800-247-4422. SHIBA offices are located in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Pocatello; with counseling sites available in smaller communities throughout the state.



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