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Medicare information meetings set locally

By Debra Shea 

Douglas County Medicare Specialist

Happy fall!

This is Debra Shea, pinch hitting for Mary Krueger this week. You probably guessed the topic: Medicare open enrollment. 

Yes, it is that time of the year again. Are your mail boxes filling up? From October 15 until December 7, you have the opportunity to look over your health plan as well as your Part D drug plan.

The Medicare health plans are fairly stable for this coming year. I hope you discuss the options with your insurance agent. 

The Part D plans for 2014 have quite a few changes again. There are 29 stand-alone plans. This means you can have this plan without being connected to a health plan.

Oftentimes, you get a better deal on your prescriptions by having a separate plan. The lowest premium is $12.60, the highest is $140.60, with many in between. 

The deductible is lower, at $310.

Have you looked at the medicare.gov website? It has answers to all your questions on Medicare and health/drug plans.

A recent survey showed that a very small percentage of Medicare beneficiaries have compared their plans or changed their plans. You may be able to save a lot of money if you take time to compare. 

Are you visiting with family the next few weeks? They can go onto the Medicare website and compare with you. I am happy to help out too, if you would like to come into my office.

There will be Medicare information meetings on Wednesdays, November 6 and 27, and again December 4 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

The meetings will be held in the lower level of the Douglas County Services Center, 806 Fillmore (south of the library entrance).

For personal appointments, call Debra Shea at (320) 762-2974.

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