The Medicare annual enrollment period begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.

People with Medicare looking to make changes to existing prescription drug or Medicare advantage plans, or those seeking to enroll in new plans in Idaho, can do so during the annual Medicare open enrollment period.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) from the Idaho Department of insurance are available statewide to meet with Medicare beneficiaries and those eligible to join the federal health care program. SHIBA representatives can provide free Medicare information, including reviewing Medicare coverage options.

“Medicare can be confusing. However, Idaho consumers have options for plans that best fit their medical needs,” said director Dean Cameron. “I strongly encourage consumers to seek guidance from our SHIBA representatives and a licensed agent.”

SHIBA offers information on enrollment, including a calendar of events online at https://doi.idaho.gov/shiba/EventsCalendar, where Medicare counselors will be available to provide assistance during the Open Enrollment period.

Call toll free 1-800-247-4422 to make an appointment or to speak with a SHIBA counselor.

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