Email update: Medicare Open Enrollment
I sent an email update on Sunday with information on how local seniors can take part in Medicare open enrollment. Join my email updates now so you don't miss any in the future!
I wanted to make sure to pass along some critical information today that may be helpful for you and your family. Please also feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who may need help.
In case you didn’t know, we are now in the middle of the Medicare Open Enrollment period.
If you’re currently on Medicare and you’re happy with your Medicare coverage, don’t worry - you don’t have to do anything. But this gives you the option to make changes to your Medicare plan if you’d like to, or to sign up for coverage in 2017. It may also be a chance to improve your coverage or to find a more affordable plan.
Please click here to visit the Medicare Plan Finder to find, review, and compare Medicare plans.
Medicare Open Enrollment lasts until December 7th, 2016. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, seniors should keep an eye out for documents that their health plans send them, such as their Annual Notice of Change, to see if their plans will still work for them in the following year. If it doesn’t, this year’s Medicare Open Enrollment may be a chance to find one that does.
Here are some resources you can look to for help during Medicare open enrollment:
· Medicare and You 2017 Handbook (PDF): This is the federal government’s official handbook for seniors on Medicare. Referring to this guide may be able to help you answer many basic questions. This publication is in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat on your computer to read it (most already have it).
· HICAP Services of Northern California: The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, or HICAP, helps local seniors with navigating a number of Medicare issues. It is part of the California Department of Aging, a state agency that is partially supported by the federal government too. This is a free, public service available to help area seniors with unbiased information.
· Report Medicare Fraud: Be careful – criminals have been known to target seniors during this time! Medicare will never ask you to give your personal information to anyone that comes to your home uninvited. If you think you may be a victim of fraud or identity theft, call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.stopmedicarefraud.gov.
Please also feel free to contact my office and we’ll be happy to help however we can. We are here to assist local seniors who are having issues with Social Security and Medicare.
In fact, we’ve now helped local residents recover more than $1 million in Social Security and Medicare benefits. Please feel free to contact my office at (916) 635-0505 or visit bera.house.gov/gethelp to learn more.
Making government work for Sacramento County is core to my job. I hope you don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Ami Bera, M.D,