Now is the time to actively review your options for Medicare Part D enrollment for 2010. You have until Dec. 31, 2009 to complete Medicare Part D enrollment, but health advocates suggest you review your plan options early and decide by Dec. 6th. Following the path of least resistance--rolling over into your current plan for next year, may not be cost effective and offer quality care. This is the once-a-year Medicare enrollment period.
To help you along, advocacy groups around the country are making themselves available to seniors:
- Note to New York City Seniors: New York State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal invites you to attend a Medicare Open Enrollment Information Session with the Medicare Rights Center tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, from 1PM to 2PM at JASA, 120 West 76 Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Also check with State Health Insurance Assistance Program, a national program that offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families. Through federal grants directed to states, SHIPs provide free counseling and assistance via telephone and face-to-face interactive sessions, public education presentations and programs, and media activities.
Picking the right plan is especially important for people who have significant health problems, whose health costs could spiral out of control, and those who hit the doughnut hole last year.
It will also be something you should review in the event of unexpected health problems in 2010.
How much risk are you comfortable taking on?
For the Medicare population with specific urology problems, take a hard look at how plans compare on drug and treatment coverage for urologic cancers, such as prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer, and an enlarged prostate or incontinence. I hope to provide you with more detailed suggestions on getting through this process as easily as possible.