Medicare open enrollment begins Nov. 15

ATLANTA (GA) – Open enrollment for Medicare Part C and D begins Nov. 15, and recipients will have until Dec. 31, to make their choices.

This is the first year that there will be one election period for both Part C and D plans.

After this changes to the plan can be made during the annual Disenrollment Period of Jan. 1 to Feb. 15 of each year, according to the Georgia Department of Human Services.

During the Disenrollment Period, beneficiaries will only be allowed to leave a Medicare Part C plan and return to Original Medicare (Parts A and B) with the option of choosing a prescription drug plan, according to GDHS.

Those who do not want to make a change can remain in their plan from 2010.

GeorgiaCares State Health Insurance Assistance Program counselors are available to provide community education sessions to help people understand their options for next year. Call GeorgiaCares at 800.669.8387 or Medicare at 800.633.4227 for assistance.

Starting Oct. 15, consumers can compare Medicare plans by going to the Medicare website or calling GeorgiaCares or go to www.Medicare.gov.

Those who want to make a change to do so as close as possible to the Nov. 15 opening date to ensure their coverage will be available on Jan. 1, 2011.

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