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Medicare patients facing earlier deadlines for coverage

Medicare patients facing earlier deadlines for coverage

October 27th, 2011 in News

With medical costs rising every day, it's more important than ever Missourians on Medicare choose the prescription-drug plan that best fits their needs.

This year, the time for making changes - including signing up for new prescription-drug plans - comes earlier for people on Medicare. The enrollment period for Medicare Part D, the federal prescription-drug program, is open through Nov. 7.

Those eligible for Medicare's prescription drug program can get free help at an event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8 in Jefferson City at the Goldschmidt Cancer Center, 1432 Southwest Blvd.

State officials encourage Medicare patients to review their insurance options annually.

There are a limited number of spots at this enrollment session, and reservations are encouraged. Spaces can be reserved by calling CLAIM at 1-800-390-3330.

All Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for Part D coverage, but they must enroll first.

People enrolled in Part D still pay out-of-pocket costs for their prescriptions, but there is an additional program meant to help those who have trouble doing so. Called Extra Help, this program reduces prescription-drug costs for Medicare patients who meet low-income guidelines.

Many Medicare beneficiaries do not know about the program. Thousands of eligible Missourians are missing out on help paying for their prescription drugs, according to the federal government.