Medicare open enrollment period begins

Medicare open enrollment period begins

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Americans have seven full weeks starting Wednesday, Oct. 15, to select new Medicare plans or choose to stay with their current coverage.

During this year's Medicare open enrollment period, which ends on Dec. 7th, the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services and the state's Area Agencies on Aging will offer free one-on-one assistance and community education presentations.

GeorgiaCares, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), offers personalized counseling through the toll-free help line at 866-552-4464, Option 4. Consumers may also compare plans at, call 800-Medicare (800-633-4227).

GeorgiaCares SHIP certified counselors also assist with filling out applications for "Extra Help," which covers costs associated with Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for financially eligible individuals. Online applications are available at or through the Social Security hotline at 800-772-1213 (TTY: 800-325-0778).

For more information about GeorgiaCares and other services available to older Georgians and their families, visit the DHS Division of Aging Services at or call (866) 552-4464 and select Option 4.