PRLog - Sep. 27, 2012 - CLEMMONS, N.C. -- For many seniors and Medicare-eligible individuals across the country, the time is nearing. The Medicare annual enrollment period begins October 15 this year and runs through December 7. This is the second consecutive year of the earlier start date and shorter duration for this ever-important period.
"Last year, I think the annual enrollment period snuck up on most of our clients," said John Ball, owner of Secure Medicare Solutions, an independent Medicare insurance brokerage. "This year, we have been even more proactive in getting the word out and letting people know what the enrollment period means for them and what actions they need to take."
During this period, those on Medicare can enroll in, disenroll from, or change Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. This is the only time of year, outside of certain special circumstances, that this can be done. Also, during this time period, those who have opted into the Medicare Advantage program, the privatized version of Medicare, can make changes to their plans. Rate information for these plans will be available October 1 on http://www.Medicare.gov.
Contrary to popular belief and common misinformation, this Medicare annual enrollment period has nothing to do with Medicare Supplement plans. These plans do not have a restricted enrollment period. You can come and go, or change, your supplement plan at any time. That said, the Medicare enrollment period is the best time to reevaluate your supplement coverage as well, to make sure it is the most advantageous option for you moving forward into the new year. You can get 2013 Medigap quotes on http://Medicare-
"There's a lot of incorrect information floating out there this time of year that really should keep seniors on their toes," according to Ball. "It's a constant and uphill battle to keep our clients apprised of the legitimate facts about Medicare and their Medigap plans."
Secure Medicare Solutions is a leading, independent Medicare insurance agency. SMS offers those on Medicare the ability to get a customized Medigap quote comparison delivered within minutes, by email, without ever having to speak with an agent or representative. To get this information, visit http://Medicare-