Medicare’s annual open enrollment period, which allows eligible residents to modify their health and prescription plans for the upcoming year, is now in session.
The Medicare open enrollment period will be open through December 7, Hunterdon County Deputy Director Commissioner Jeff Kuhl announced recently.
The enrollment period, which begins on October 15, permits Medicare beneficiaries to adapt their plans to cater to potential changes in cost, coverage, networked providers, and pharmacies, said Kuhl, who also serves as a liaison to the Hunterdon County Department of Human Services.
To assist residents in navigating the often-complex process of Medicare changes, the Hunterdon County Senior Center in Flemington offers trained counselors from the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). The volunteers provide free consultations, helping residents decipher whether a given plan covers specific medications, is compatible with their pharmacy, or sufficiently covers necessary medical services, officials said.
“Each year plans change with respect to cost and coverage. Using the free SHIP counselor is a great opportunity to select an appropriate medical plan as well as enroll in prescription drug coverage if you don’t already have prescription coverage,” Kuhl said.
For those seeking guidance, the Senior Center is scheduling appointments with SHIP counselors. Residents interested in a consultation can dial 908-788-1359 to secure a slot.