For 630,000 Coloradans enrolled in Medicare, its time to make decisions. The period for open enrollment has been moved up this year.
Instead of the usual Dec. 31 deadline, the enrollment period began Saturday and will end Dec. 7. The change was designed to avoid deadlines coinciding with the end-of-year holiday season.
Medicare officials are scrambling to spread the word about the new deadline.
We worry about inertia, says Colorado Medicare spokesman Mike Fierberg.
Health plans change, so Medicare officials advise patients to review both their health and prescription drug coverage plans. One-on-one counseling is available for patients at Colorados Medicare beneficiary helpline, (800) 727-7086.
Informational meetings, sponsored by the Colorado Gerontological Society, are also being offered throughout the state.
Beneficiaries need the following for open enrollment: Their Medicare card, a list of all prescription medications currently being taken, and the name and address of their preferred pharmacy.
Additional information about Medicare services is available at www.Medicare.gov or (800) MEDICARE (800) 633-4227, 24 hours a day.
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