Medicare Open Enrollment
10:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

CNY Medicare Beneficiaries Have Just a Few Days to Change Coverage

Central New Yorkers who are on Medicare need to make any changes in their plans by the end of open enrollment, December 7th.  Officials with UnitedHealthCare Medical and Retirement in Syracuse want to make sure people aren't confused about enrolling through the Health Care Exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare Myths and Behaviors might not serve beneficiaries best.
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UnitedHealthCare cites the Medicare Made Clear Index from a survey this summer that shows more than a third incorrectly believe they can make changes to their Medicare  plans through the exchanges.  

WAER's Chris Bolt on why people might consider Medicare plan changes before open enrollment ends Dec. 7th.

Regional Vice President Jennifer Cohen-Smith informs people they can't, even though some uninsured people signing up through the exchanges find out their eligible for Medicare.

Cohen-Smith urges anyone who hasn't used open enrollment to review their Medicare plan and consider changes to do so by Saturday.  She suggests considering the following:

  • What health changes have occurred in your life to make sure your plan covers necessary treatments.
  • Prescription drugs you use regularly, to make sure they're covered.
  • Changes that might have occurred in your existing Medicare plan to see if it still covers your needs.

Cohen-Smith emphasizes that Medicare is not a one-size-fits-all coverage.  The survey found 60% of people have never compared plans and shopped for the best fit.  Cohen-Smith points out open enrollment is the time to do that