Help available for Medicare enrollment |

Help available for Medicare enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is under way until Dec. 7.

Seniors and disabled people can compare Medicare benefits for the next year and change their prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage Plan. Trained counselors from High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) are available to help with free, unbiased assistance.

This is an ideal time to find out about Medicare coverage, which includes new benefits and lower prescription costs.

“People’s health changes and their medications change,” said Patty Daniells, spokeswoman for Colorado Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program. “Likewise, prescription drug plans and health plans change coverage and prices every year, so it’s important to check Medicare options during the open enrollment period. They may be able to get better coverage and save money. If they don’t make changes during open enrollment, they may not have another chance until next October.

“It’s definitely worth the time to compare options, and you don’t have to do it alone,” Daniells said. “Colorado SHIP is available to help, and it’s free and unbiased. We’re not selling anything. We want people to get the best plan for them.”

Daniells offered two ways for people to get help:

• Call High Country RSVP at 970-384-8744 to make an appointment.

• Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY calls 1-877-486-2048.

The Colorado Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program is part of a national network funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. SHIP offers counseling and educational services to help seniors and people with disabilities make informed decisions about health insurance. Colorado SHIP is administered by the Colorado Division of Insurance.

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