Every year at this time Medicare usually takes center stage with its Open Enrollment Period. It’s an extremely important time of year for millions of people aged 65 and older wanting to enroll in Medicare or review coverage plans for 2014.

The Oct. 15 start of this year’s Open Enrollment Period was very different. It was caught up in the confusion caused by several other national events – the government shutdown and the newly launched health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. It’s understandable that Medicare beneficiaries were left feeling lost in the shuffle and unsettled.

The good news? The shutdown is over and Medicare’s Open Enrollment is well under way. The new health insurance marketplace will not change anything for people enrolling or already enrolled in Medicare. Coverage options and benefits will not be affected. If you have Medicare, you are covered.

Choosing the most beneficial health care coverage plan for the years ahead can be a daunting task. It requires a thoughtful process and often times a good helping hand. The best news is that there are many resources and exceptionally qualified and trustworthy people available in Maine to help answers any questions.

Visit www.medicare.gov to learn more about the different options including Medicare Advantage Plans. It’s a helpful tool right at your fingertips.

Talk to friends or relatives who are already enrolled in Medicare. Ask for their advice and what they have learned in the process.

Call or make an appointment to talk with experts at your local Area Agency on Aging.

Please don’t forget. Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period ends Dec. 7, 2013.

Becky Dube

Vice president, senior products

Martin’s Point Health Care Generations Advantage

Portland


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