Cascade County Aging Services stands ready to assist seniors during the Medicare Open Enrollment period by calling 454-6990. If you are 65 years and older, or accepted onto Social Security Disability and enrolled in a Medicare Part D (prescription drug plan) or currently on Medicaid but starting Medicare soon, now is the time to either newly enroll or review your current Part D plan and decide if you want to make a change for the new year. The Cascade County Aging Services Department can assist you in making your decision during the Open Enrollment period - October 15-December 7, 2020. Pam Roatch, a certified SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselor can help you review the monthly premium, deductible, prescription medication costs, and coverage in your current Part D plan and compare it to other Part D plans, so you can decide which plan best serves your situation.
If you are currently enrolled in a Part D plan, you should have already received information by mail explaining changes to your current plan that will go into effect January 2021. If you are interested in reviewing those changes with a SHIP counselor, contact Pam at the Aging Service Department to schedule an appointment. You will be advised what information to have available for your appointment. Due to COVID-19, appointments are being done by telephone. The SHIP Counselor will review your current plan’s coverage and costs, update your prescription medication list, review other Part D Plans with you, and determine if you are eligible for financial assistance. If you choose to change your Part D plan or apply for financial aid, your SHIP Counselor can submit the online application during your telephone appointment. If you are satisfied with your current plan, you need not do a thing, as your plan will automatically renew on January 1, 2021.
If you are NEW to Medicare, the SHIP Counselor can explain Medicare benefits, the enrollment process, and Part D options.
There is a limit to the number of appointments that can be scheduled, so if you find you cannot make our scheduled appointment, know that re-scheduling may not be possible.
Delaying enrollment in Medicare Part D should be carefully discussed with a SHIP Counselor, as lifetime late enrollment penalties may be applied if you do not have a current health insurance plan considered “creditable” with Medicare coverage.