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Why seniors should shop around for Medicare

Posted Sept. 21, 2011, at 8:39 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 21, 2011, at 10:44 a.m.

More than 45% of people with Medicare have never shopped around for better health care coverage, finds a new poll sponsored by National Council on Aging and United Healthcare. More than 40% of respondents thought they couldn’t save any money, and 35% said they’re confused by Medicare.

The Aroostook Agency on Aging helps Medicare beneficiaries by providing information on how to save money on insurance and offers workshops and personal counseling to take away the confusion of Medicare benefits and choices. One huge change that is about to happen is an earlier “Open Enrollment” period for selecting Medicare drug plans and deciding on enrollment to Medicare Advantage plans. This period starts October 15 and ends December 7.

Use the resources of the Aroostook Agency on Aging to save money. Medicare drug plans are changing with 28 plans available in 2012. Staff and volunteers at the agency on aging can help you select the plan that saves you the most money based on the drugs you must take. More than 100 Medicare Supplemental Insurance plans are available and premiums may vary by as much as 100% for exactly the same coverage. The agency on aging has the information on all coverage options and details on the cost.

The agency on aging has partnered with the County Federal Credit Union to provide a free public workshop on Medicare on October 12 in Presque Isle at The Gathering Place. The session will start at 6:30 PM and is a great opportunity to take the confusion out of Medicare and learn about shopping around for better health care coverage. Call Stacey at 498-8756 to register for the workshop.

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