Get help with Medicare enrollment

Posted Sept. 27, 2013, at 1:31 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:44 p.m.

Tuesday, October 15 to Wednesday, December 11, 2013; 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Contact: Kathryn Kreamer; 206-930-8081



Don’t confuse Medicare with Obamacare as there is some overlap with the open enrollment periods for the two. The annual open-enrollment period for both Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. This year it overlaps with the initial registration for the Health Insurance Marketplace, a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplace initial enrollment period is from October 1st this year, to March 31st, 2014. But don’t confuse the two. They serve different populations. If you’re already covered by Medicare, you needn’t give the Marketplace another thought. The Marketplace has no impact on Medicare.

Richard Olague, spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says: “We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, that their benefits aren’t changing and that the Marketplace doesn’t require them to do anything different”.

Stan Cohen, a Medicare Volunteer Counselor, is available for free, one-on-one consultations at Bridgton Hospital on Tuesdays – from 8:00 am to 11 am. No appointment is necessary. Alternatively, call the Southern Maine Agency on Aging – (800 427-7411) and ask for a Medicare Advocate.