Seniors urged to update Medicare plans

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November 24th, 2010

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Omaha, NE – It’s time for the over 65,000 Nebraska Medicare beneficiaries to review and update their Medicare health plans for next year.

Starting now until December 31st, Medicare recipients, seniors over the age of 65 or those that are disabled, can participate in the Medicare annual enrollment.

Julie Brookhart is the public affairs specialist with the “My Health My Medicare” regional office.  Bookhart said this year alone about 1,500 Medicare recipients, specifically those living in Douglas County, were notified about major changes in their current Medicare plans.

“If their plan is going away, and they do not do anything… they don’t make a change to a different plan,” she said, “they will automatically be enrolled back into original Medicare… for their health and hospital and doctors’ services, part A and part B.”

Brookhart said, “If your plan had a prescription drug benefit attached to it, and you did nothing, you would be losing that benefit.”

“So that is why we urge people to look at the choices available by using the resources that we have available and make a plan change before the end of the year.”

Brookhart said on November 30th at the Charles Washington Library located in north Omaha, Medicare recipients will be able to make the necessary changes to their health care plans on site.  She also said people should have their Medicare card, a list of any prescription drugs they currently take, and their preferred pharmacy.

“Folks can come out by appointment and they get to work with a trained Medicare counselor,” she said. “These are unbiased volunteers that help… seniors get into the right plan every year.”

All changes made to Medicare plans are effective January 1st 2011.  Several other enrollment events have been scheduled throughout the city of Omaha.

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