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Open Enrollment: What You Need to Know

Monday, October 9, 2017

Medicare changes every year, so even if you are happy with your current plan, you should check to make sure nothing has changed for 2018. If your doctor has switched up any of your regular medications, you may want to use the Medicare Plan Finder Tool to find the best Part D or Advantage Plan for you.

October 15, 2017 through December 7, 2017

Any changes made during this open enrollment window will take effect on January 1, 2018. The Minnesota Board on Aging publishes Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare, which is a complete guide, specific to Minnesota. It's available online or you can call 1-800-333-2433 to request a free copy.

Unbiased Counseling

Need help reviewing your Medicare coverage? Call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433. Experts are available Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm and are offering seminars around Minnesota to highlight what's new for 2018.

Tip: Have your copy of Health Care Choices in front of you when you call the Senior LinkAge Line® to discuss options.

Watch for scams

  • Be wary of people who say they work for Medicare. Medicare representatives don't make house calls or call beneficiaries.
  • Be cautious of people selling Medicare products door-to-door. If someone comes to your home without a scheduled appointment, don't let the person inside and be sure to protect your personal information.
  • Don't fall for pushy sales tactics. Insurance agents aren't always neutral. Tell them you would like time to think it over before you agree to anything.