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Medicare Open Enrollment

Monday, October 17, 2016

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2017 coverage will begin October 15, 2016 and run through December 7, 2016. This is the time of year that people on Medicare can compare plans for the upcoming year and make changes if they choose to. For most people, this is their only opportunity during the year to make changes to their plan/coverage.

There are approximately 906,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Minnesota, and the Senior LinkAge Line®, Minnesota's link to a local aging expert, is ready to help those who would like assistance with open enrollment. A service of the Minnesota Board on Aging, the Senior LinkAge Line® provides free, unbiased help for seniors, their families and caregivers. They can help via phone at 1-800-333-2433, via online chat at, or in person, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In addition, the Minnesota Board on Aging publishes a comprehensive, Minnesota-focused guide to Medicare each year, called Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare. This helpful publication is available via the mail by calling the Senior LinkAge Line® or online at the Minnesota Board on Aging's website.

Finally, plans are being made to staff a KARE-11 phone bank, just prior to Open Enrollment on October 11. The topic of Medicare will also be the subject of a KARE-11 Sandwich Generation segment, which will air the same day.