Medicare open enrollment began Friday, a critical health insurance program for elder rural residents. AARP Oklahoma state director Sean Voskuhl says it’s important to review your Medicare plan each year to find potential costs savings.
“One of the most important health decisions you can make is enrolling in Medicare. Whether you’re enrolling in Medicare for the first time or looking to make changes to your current plan, it’s important to understand how the program works in order to make an informed decision.”
AARP has valuable information on its website to help you navigate your Medicare plan—AARP’s Medicare Resource Center at aarp.org/medicare.
“That website covers everything you need to know and how to review your coverage. And it pays to do so. For example, your Part D drug coverage, the estimated annual savings last year was over $1500 per person who called and found a more effective plan. There’s also other Medicare programs to look at, like the Medicare Savings Program, which can help cover Medicare premiums.”
However, Medicare scams spike during open enrollment season with scammers posing as insurance providers calling and emailing about free gifts or limited time offers. These scams are designed to capture information to bill Medicare for bogus services and treatment.
“You may receive calls, texts or even personal visits from scammers offering screening, medical equipment or promoting a Medicare plan. In short, the scammers are trying to steal your personal information. Be suspicious of anyone who calls, emails or visits you promoting a Medicare plan. Legitimate health plans can only contact you if you’ve requested information.”