Nationwide — Changes in Medicare that begin January 1, 2020 add special significance to this year’s Medicare Open Enrollment for area seniors. Open Enrollment begins on Tuesday, October 15 and runs through Friday, December 7. During this time millions of seniors are given an opportunity to reassess their coverage and consider options for the coming year.
“This is one of the most consequential Medicare Open Enrollment periods because of changes enacted by Congress that will impact many seniors already on Medicare,” explains Nichelle Jones, RHU an independent agent and agency owner of Jones Health and Benefits, LLC located in Atlanta, GA.
“In 2015, Congress passed a number of changes to Medicare that received little notice at the time,” shares Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance, a national trade organization. “There’s now a limited time left to get information, make a choice and act.”
Among the changes are the elimination of Medigap Plans C and F, two of the more popular options among seniors. The Medicare prescription drug program created in 2003 will also be impacted with the closing of the infamous Medicare Donut Hole.
“It’s important to act sooner rather than later because there’s no flexibility in the government’s deadline,” recommends Jones.
To schedule a no-cost review and comparison of Medicare plans available, contact Jones at 770-668-0797.