As of Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The Idaho Department of Insurance reminds Medicare beneficiaries the annual enrollment period began Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can change, drop or enroll in a prescription drug coverage plan or a Medicare Advantage plan. Annual enrollment does not apply to Medigap.
Reviewing a Medicare plan annually helps consumers ensure they have coverage that meets current needs including current prescription drug coverage and health coverage that works with preferred medical providers.
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 offering free, unbiased counseling. Only an Idaho licensed agent can recommend coverage or sell insurance.
“Medicare can be confusing, and Idaho consumers have options to help them find plans that are best for their particular circumstances,” said Department Director Dean Cameron. “I strongly encourage consumers to seek assistance from a licensed agent or counseling from our SHIBA program.”
To make an appointment with a SHIBA counselor, consumers are encouraged to call 800-247-4422. SHIBA has counselors in communities throughout Idaho.