With Medicare open enrollment upon us for the next few months, many Americans may be struggling to find the right plan that will adequately cover them for the next year. AARP’s Vice president, (Health &Family, Education and Outreach) Nicole Duritz joined me this week for a brief interview to discuss recipients options.
Candace Rose: Medicare open enrollment began on October 15th; what are recipients options this year?
Nicole Duritz: “So Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15th through December 7th, and this year folks can decide whether or not they want to change their health plan or if they want to change their Medicare prescription plan. And there’s a few other things that folks can do, but those are the most important things.”
Candace Rose: What are some of the most notable differences between Medicare plans?
Nicole Duritz: “Medicare plans can vary greatly, so we tell people they need to evaluate their own health care needs and see if the plans are going to meet those needs. We tell folks, if you think about the 4 C’s: Coverage, Cost, Convenience and Customer Service it makes evaluating the plans a lot easier.
Plans are going to be in effect from January 1st to the end of 2013, and then there will be another open enrollment period and you’ll be able to make new decisions next year.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Nicole Duritz: “Sure. We’d love to let people know that AARP is here to help and you can visit us at AARP.org/OpenEnrollment. We’ve got some great articles and fact sheets about Medicare open enrollment to help guide you through the process. And then also, you can always go to Medicare.gov or call Medicare at 1-800-Medicare where they can help you walk through the process also.