ALEXANDRIA, VA – The open enrollment period for Medicare runs until December 7. For residents 65 and over, as well as those under 65 with certain disabilities or illnesses, the city of Alexandria offers assistance.
They’ve teamed up with the Virginia Insurance and Counseling Program (VICAP) so people can get advice when they enroll in Medicare or update their health and prescription drug plans. VICAP provides free, unbiased and one-on-one advice to help residents understand and navigate Medicare. Advisors can compare plans and help residents understand the benefits.
To request assistance, visit HERE to find the correct phone numbers and more.
During open enrollment, Medicare beneficiaries can:
- Join a Medicare prescription drug plan
- Switching from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drug Coverage
- Cancel a Medicare Advantage plan and revert to the original Medicare plan with a Part D plan
- Switching from a Medicare Advantage plan that does not offer drug coverage to another Medicare Advantage plan that does provide drug coverage
Medicare Part D focuses on prescription drug coverage. To find out more, click HERE. A Medicare Advantage plan provides care at a one-time cost. This includes drug coverage. To find out more, click HERE. Any changes to a plan will take effect on January 1, 2022.
Beneficiaries who are satisfied with their current plans do not need to act.
VICAP advises people to be aware of Medicare fraud. Do not accept calls from anyone promising to explain Medicare and offering to help with plan enrollment. Do not give out personal information to the caller. Carefully read any mail offering Medicare benefits and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to make changes to the plan. To report suspected fraud or abuse, call Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-800-938-8885.
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