Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Medicare Open Enrollment 101

10/17/2016 02:47PM ● Published by Jennifer Gonzalez

As autumn progresses, it’s important to keep your health in mind. Medicare’s fall open enrollment period will allow you to review your plan options.

Maybe you have a new prescription that is not covered by your current drug plan or you have a new health condition. To ensure you get the most from Medicare in 2017, you should research your Medicare plan options during Medicare open enrollment.

Open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and closes Dec. 7. Changes made during this time will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017.


During open enrollment, you can:

  • Adjust Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage.
  • Change from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan (or vice versa).
  • Switch between Medicare Advantage plans.
  • Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
  • Switch existing drug plans or drop Medicare prescription drug coverage.

If you’re unsure where to start, your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) can help.

SHIPs offer free one-on-one assistance year-round to Medicare-eligible beneficiaries, their families and caregivers. Trained counselors in your area can help with understanding Medicare benefits and the enrollment process. Assistance is personalized, so SHIP counselors can help you find available options that fit your unique situation.

The program – funded by the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – provides services in every state as well as in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at ACL.gov.

Don't wait until the last minute. Take care of your health now and find your SHIP at shiptacenter.org, or contact Medicare directly at 1-800-633-4227 or Medicare.gov.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Sponsored by Administration for Community Living

CV Family Family Features Family Features Lifestyle Senior Living SENIOR LIVING
  • Murchison Road Farmers Market

    09/20/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, and herbs are sold at this weekly market, located across from the...


  • Beth Moore Simulcast

    09/23/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    <Fayetteville, NC>– <September 23, 2017>– LifeWay Christian Resources and Living Proof ministries...


  • Everybody's favorite trip around the world...for free! Parade of Nations, live performances, auth...


  • Pop Up Flower Shot

    09/23/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    The owners of Gathered will be in to help you build your own bouquets or pick from thoughtfully p...


  • Hay Bale Festival

    09/23/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Our Hay Bale Festival is not to be missed! Enjoy hay rides and our special Hay Bale Obstacle/ Cha...


  • Kensie Royale

    09/23/2017
    08:00PM — 12:00AM

    The purpose of this event is to raise funds to support stillbirth research, promote education a...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Tai Chi for Health

    09/26/2017
    10:00AM

    Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. ...


CityView Facebook
CityView Family Facebook