Washington, D.C. (AP) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is reminding seniors and their families that the open enrollment period is moving up this year for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans.
Seniors have until Dec. 7 -- not New Year's Eve as in the past --
to join, drop or switch health care and drug plans for 2012.
But they can start making their choices this Saturday, Oct. 15,
instead of waiting until mid-November as in previous years. The
change will allow more time for processing.
Sebelius kicks off open enrollment Wednesday at a senior center
in Hershey, Pa.
Medicare recommends that all seniors review their coverage
during open enrollment, since important insurance details can
change. Nearly 30 million beneficiaries are signed up in Medicare
Advantage and prescription plans.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.