The New York State Office for the Aging has launched Medicare health for older New Yorkers.
While disclosing this on Wednesday October 7, 2020, NYSOFA Acting Director, Greg Olsen, stated that this year’s Medicare open enrollment period runs from October 15 through December 7, 2020.
He stated further that Medicare health and prescription drug plans can make changes each year to costs, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks.
He added that the open enrollment period is when all people with Medicare can change their health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.
“People’s health and financial status can change over the course of a year—especially this year, due to the impact of COVID-19.
“Plans also can change what they will cover as well as adjust the cost to the beneficiary.
“It’s important for older adults to review their plans—what they cover and what they cost—to ensure they are getting the best plan for themselves,” said Olsen.
“Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) counselors at each local office for the aging can provide older New Yorkers with the information needed to make an informed choice about a plan that is a good value and meets their health care and prescription drug coverage needs,” he added.
The Medicare Plan Finder tool provides a personalized comparison of plan choices.
Medicare offers around-the-clock assistance for those who want to find out more about coverage options.
Medicare recipients who have limited incomes and resources may qualify for extra help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs.
During the open enrollment period, NYSOFA and Medicare also remind older adults to treat their Medicare number as they do their social security number and credit card information.
NYSOFA continuously works to help the state’s 4.3 million older adults be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs, and services that support and empower older adults and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.