Medicare open enrollment period begins October 15 and ends on December 7.

Each year Medicare health and prescription drug plans may make changes to their plans such as cost, coverage, and network providers.  You should review the materials your plan sends such as the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC) to determine what, if any, changes are being made to your plan. If your plan is changing, you should ensure your plan will still meet your needs for 2019.  If not, open enrollment is the time to change your Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage.  You can find additional plan information and compare plans at www.medicare.gov.

SHINE (Severing Health Insurance Needs of Elders) provides additional assistance to Florida residents including free, unbiased, and confidential counseling assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, families, and caregivers.  To speak with SHINE volunteer contact the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337).  Vsit http://www.floridashine.org/Community-Events.aspx to locate local open enrollment events in your area.