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Buncombe County - Final Report
_______________________________________________________________________________________ Compare and Choose Medicare Plans from Oct. 15- Dec. 7
Your health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year. The Annual Election Period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2015. Take advantage of the Annual Election Period, and you may be able to save money, improve your coverage or both.
Get one-on-one help from a SHIIP counselor by calling our office for an appointment. Or attend one of our classes listed in the Upcoming Events section at the bottom of this page.
• Visit www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare your current coverage with all of the options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.
• Review the Medicare & You handbook. It is accessible online at www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/10050.pdf and it was mailed to people with Medicare in September.
• Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to find out more about your coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
People with Medicare who have limited income and resources may qualify for Extra Help paying for their prescription drugs. There is no cost or obligation to apply for Extra Help, also called the low-income subsidy. Medicare beneficiaries, family members, or caregivers can apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. TTY users should call 1-800-772-1213.