NORFOLK, Va - Time is running out to enroll in the Medicare prescription coverage plan, otherwise known as Medicare part D.
Open enrollments ends at midnight December 31. If you haven't enrolled or make a mistake, you're out of luck.
Jim Hutchinson, with Senior Services Of Southeastern Virginia, advises even if you enrolled in years past you should check out your options. Plans change every year and doing nothing could cost you hundreds of dollars.
"Many of the plans have increased in premiums. Some plans that last year had no deductible, this year have a deductible. Some are dropping prescription drugs off the list of covered medications. Medicare doesn't require the plan to cover every drug that's on Medicare's prescription drug list," he explained.
Hutchinson admits the whole process can be confusing, but there are plenty of agencies willing to help for free.
Seniors or their family members can contact the following agencies for assistance:
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia: (757) 461-9481 or 222-4512 (Southside),
Bay Aging (Peninsula) 866-758-2386
Eastern Shore Agency on Aging 800-452-5977
Virginia Department for the Aging 800-552-3402
Eldercare Locator 800-667-1116 or eldercare.gov
800-Medicare (800-663-42270 or medicare.gov
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