Medicare Open Enrollment Events this week at VNA

As open enrollment for Medicare continues the Volunteer Network on Aging in Galesburg is reminding seniors to learn more about their options. Open enrollment continues through December 7th. During the annual enrollment period, you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage. You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa or switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to another. If you didn’t enroll in a Medicare Part D plan when you were first eligible, you can do so during the general open enrollment. Changes are taking effect in 2020. The gap in prescription drug coverage – known as the donut hole – is being eliminated in 2020 for generic drugs. As Medicare Advantage plans grow in popularity, providers can change the coverage options they offer from year to year so it’s important to stay up-to-date. “While it can be intimidating, we really encourage people to come out because we’ve saved people from $500 to thousands of dollars depending on the medications they’re on,” said Ellen Larsen with the VNA. “We see everything. No one should be worried about (the number of medications they are on). We’re just here to make sure you get the best bang for your buck. Something that’s special about the senior health insurance program is that we don’t represent any insurance agency.” VNA Community Services is hosting open enrollment events beginning Wednesday, November 20th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The event is free, and you can meet with a counselor to get questions answered. Open enrollment events will also be held Thursday, November 21st and Friday, November 22nd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and December 6th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.