Idaho Department Of Insurance Hosting Medicare Open Enrollment Town Hall

There is good news for over 323,000 Idaho Medicare beneficiaries at this time of the year. Mark it on your calendar. Monday, October 15 is Medicare Open Enrollment. It’s the only time of the year you can alter your plan. Many changes are taking place in Medicare – from different prices to coverage and plans, you want to make the right decision. Luckily, the Idaho Department of Insurance is holding a statewide telephone town hall to discuss the open enrollment, how to keep alert to fraud and help you choose the most suitable plan, among other issues.

The toll-free is an hour-long and it will be taking place on Thursday, October 10 at 11 AM. Those who wish to participate can call or watch it live on Facebook. Idaho state director, Lupe Wissel, will host and moderate the discussion with the director of the Idaho Department of Insurance, Dean Cameron, and the supervisor of the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors program. They will provide up-to-date Medicare information and answer any relevant questions.  

Medicare beneficiaries that wish to make changes to their coverage can do so during open enrollment, which runs from Tuesday, Oct. 16 to Saturday, Dec. 7.  The call is available for any Medicare beneficiary with questions, whether you are an AARP member or not.

Open enrollment also provides the perfect time for people to discuss with their doctors any issues they may have with their prescription drugs and try to lower the costs. It’s important you review your current coverage as plans tend to change and your needs as well. You can preview 2020 health and prescription drug plans online and get the personalized help you need when you call.

As of December 2018, last year, 323,595 Idahoans had Medicare coverage, which is about 18% of the population, and the percentage of the total United States population enrolled in Medicare. Medicare eligibility starts when you turn 65 for most people. However, Medicare also provides coverage for younger people who have received disability for 24 months or more. In Idaho, fifteen percent of Medicare beneficiaries are eligible due to disability rather than age.

Medicare beneficiaries can get coverage either through private Medicare Advantage plans or from the federal government through Original Medicare.  You can contact one of our agents with questions related to Medicare coverage, whether in Idaho or any other state.

Sources
  • https://doi.idaho.gov/

  • https://doi.idaho.gov/displaypdf?cat=Shiba&id=2019%20Shoppers%20Guide

  • https://doi.idaho.gov/DisplayPDF?Id=7137&url=

  • https://www.medicare.gov/blog/get-ready-for-medicares-open-enrollment

  • https://states.aarp.org/idaho/tips-on-medicare-at-telephone-town-hall

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