Open enrollment for the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit begins Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 31. AARP is encouraging first-time enrollees and current participants to evaluate their options and review the plans being offered to choose one that meets their needs in 2007.
"If you're happy with your current Part D plan, you don't need to do anything," said AARP Arizona State Director David Mitchell. "But if you want to make a change to your existing plan, you will find more plan options and more comprehensive coverage being offered in Part D for 2007."
Medicare Part D is voluntary. People who are eligible for Medicare cannot be denied coverage for health reasons. Under Part D, there are more than 40 prescription drug plans to choose from in Arizona.
To assist people during the Part D open enrollment period, AARP is making available two free brochures that explain how people can compare plans, how people can enroll in a plan, how to change plans and how to keep prescription drug costs down. The brochures are titled, "Medicare Drug Coverage What You Need to Know About" and "Medicare Basics."
For more information about receiving the brochures, call AARP toll-free at (888) 687-2277 or view the brochures on the AARP Web site at www.aarp.org.
Mitchell adds that people interested in finding out if they qualify should contact the Social Security Administration by Dec. 8 in order to allow enough time for processing paperwork to meet the Medicare Part D open enrollment deadline of Dec. 31.
For assistance with enrolling in Medicare Part D contact (800) Medicare or go to the Medicare Web site at www.medicare.gov.