The Medicare Annual Enrollment period begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. Medicare health and prescription drug plan costs and coverage can change every year, and the Idaho Department of Insurance recommends that people with Medicare review their coverage before the enrollment period ends. In a press release, the department stated that with coverage changes, medications and services may no longer be covered by a previous year’s health plan.
“Failing to compare and review coverage plan options increases the risk of spending more money on unnecessary health care costs down the road,” the department stated.
Beginning the first week of October, certified Medicare counselors from the department’s SHIBA Program will be available across the state. Medicare beneficiaries will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a counselor to compare and review their current Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug plans and new options available in 2020.
Among the locations offered are Fairfield and Jerome. To make an appointment, call 800-247-4422.