Medicare Enrollment Begins This Weekend

Medicare enrollment is around the corner. Karen Johnson explains

It is Medicare season for older New Yorkers. Whether qualifying for the first time or changing plans, the open enrollment period will begin this Sunday. Medicare is the federally-funded health insurance program for those 65 and older. It’s also available for people under 65 with certain disabilities and people of any age with end-stage kidney disease. One important reminder is Medicare health and prescription drug plans can change year to year. Costs, coverage and provider networks may vary, so the New York State Office for the Aging’s acting director Greg Olsen recommends all seniors review their coverage – even those happy with their current plans. The open enrollment period is the chance for all participants to change their plans for the following year. Open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Olsen says “Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program counselors at each local office for the aging can provide older New Yorkers with the information needed to make an informed choice.” I’m Karen Johnson.