Free Help with Medicare Part D Enrollment

People with Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance can compare new drug insurance between October 15 and December 7 for 2017 drug plans. New Part C Advantage Plans can also be compared at that time. The Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will sponsor a series of events for people with Medicare to get free, unbiased assistance comparing coverage for the next year.

People with Medicare can meet one-on-one with a SHIIP-certified counselor and evaluate prescription drug options for the coming. Events are planned in Lincoln and other locations in southeastern Nebraska. Appointments are required. Nebraska SHIIP will be at David Place in David City on November 15, 2016. To schedule an appointment, contact Nebraska SHIIP at 1-800-234-7119 or 402-471-2841.

“Drug coverage changes every year. People with Medicare should examine their 2016 choices to be sure that they have the most affordable Part D or Advantage Plan,” said SHIIP Director Alicia Jones.

“Health needs change, too,” Jones continued. “That’s why it’s important to evaluate Medicare choices every year. But people don’t have to do it alone. Medicare and Nebraska SHIIP provide free counseling.”

There are several ways for people with Medicare to get help:

  • Make an appointment to see a SHIIP-certified counselor at David Place on Tuesday, November 15, by calling 1-800-234-7119. Appointments also available at other locations.
  • Talk to a SHIIP-certified counselor by phone between October 15 and December 7 at 1-800-234-7119.
  • Visit http://www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare plans yourself or enroll in a new plan.
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY call 1-877-486-2048.

 

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Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is part of a national, federally-funded network that offers free, unbiased counseling and educational services to help seniors and people with disabilities make informed decisions about Medicare and related health insurance. With over 350 volunteers across the state, Nebraska SHIIP is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Insurance.