Medicare shopping season is coming

Source: Mark Miller, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

Every fall, Medicare recipients have the opportunity to change their coverage during an enrollment season that runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

This is the time of year when you can switch between original fee-for-service Medicare and Medicare Advantage, the all-in-one managed care alternative to the traditional program. You also can re-evaluate your prescription drug coverage — whether that is a stand-alone Part D plan, or wrapped into an Advantage plan.

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides free one-on-one counseling every year to nearly three million beneficiaries, their families and caregivers. Each state has a SHIP program; use this link to find yours.

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