For Immediate Release: October 15, 2013
Don't Miss the Boat: The Annual Election Period is Here
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP want to make sure that Medicare beneficiaries don't miss the boat! The Medicare Part D Annual Election Period takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and SHIIP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, can help Medicare beneficiaries compare plans.
"Now is the time to compare and evaluate your choices. You may be able to improve your coverage, save money or both." said Goodwin. "As always, SHIIP is here to help, over the phone or in person, at counseling sites all across the state. Let us help you find the best Medicare prescription plan for you or your loved one."
Assistance is available for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers:
- Get free one-on-one help from SHIIP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, by calling 800-443-9354, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- 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 necessary.
- Call 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to find out more about your coverage options. TTY users should call 877-486-2048.
- Review the 2014 Medicare & You handbook mailed to people with Medicare in September.
SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and can assist anyone with questions about Medicare Part D coverage information and enrollment. Trained SHIIP counselors are available for one-on-one counseling appointments in all 100 North Carolina counties. For more information, contact SHIIP at 800-443-9354 or visit www.ncshiip.com.