Medicare Open Enrollment Coming – BE PREPARED!

September 26, 2011, 02:03pm | Jake

The following is information Circle of Friends Home Care and Circle of Life Hospice would like to make available to the the residents of Chariton and the surrounding communities we serve.  If you currently have Medicare you will want to read this and make sure you are aware of your rights.  Thanks for reading!

Medicare Open Enrollment

Circle of Friends Home Care and Circle of Life Hospice want to make sure all of our clients know their rights in regards to the Medicare Open Enrollment Period coming soon.  Medicare’s annual enrollment period will begin October 15 and continue through December 7. During this time, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan providers may solicit Medicare participants to change their Medicare plan.  Circle of Friends Home Care is committed to ensuring that Medicare participants make an informed choice that will best meet their needs.  Before joining a plan, you should understand the type of plan you are joining.  Some plans may have restrictions that may limit your options in health care providers, add additional co-payments for services you frequently use and other benefit changes you may not want.  Your local SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) representative can provide the necessary information to assist you in making an informed choice. Lucas County residents may contact Lucas County Health Center Volunteer Services at 641-774-3226 to schedule an appointment with a SHIIP representative.  Additional information may also be found at www.shiip.state.ia.us.

There are specific guidelines that insurance providers must follow when marketing their products. They may not solicit enrollees door-to-door or in common areas like lobbies or hallways. They cannot make unwanted calls, or leave voicemails, state they are calling on behalf of Medicare or that Medicare asked them to call. To report concerns of specific complaints about inappropriate marketing practices, please contact CMS (Centers for Medicare / Medicaid Services) 1-816-426-5783.

If you have questions or concerns about your Medicare plan or health care options, feel free to contact Circle of Friends Home Care at 641-774-2339.

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