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Review Medicare options now for potential savings in 2021

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Be sue to review the ‘Medicare & You handbook.’ It was mailed to people with Medicare in September. Seniors can review current coverage options with all the hoices available in their area 24/7 at 1-800-633-4227; TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

Whether you are currently enrolled in Medicare, or are looking to register, now is the time to evaluate options.

The annual election period for Medicare is in progress and runs through Dec. 7 to ensure uninterrupted coverage, or that coverage starts on Jan. 1.

The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and offers free, unbiased information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues.

In addition to helping Medicare beneficiaries compare and enroll in plans during the annual election period, SHIIP counselors can help people find out if they are eligible for Medicare cost savings programs.

It’s important to evaluate Medicare choices every year as health needs, as well as plan benefits and costs change.

The annual election period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2021.

The Haywood County SHIIP office, 828-356-2833, is located at 81 Elmwood Way. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. In-person and telephone counseling is available.

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