Medicare Open Enrollment Deadline


Is Here – SHINE Can Help Seniors Make Sense Of It All

Do NOT Ignore Your Medicare Mailit’s that time of year again!  If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should be receiving information from your plan.  Please read this guide– it explains changes in your plan for 2018.
During the annual Medicare Open Enrollment, October 15 – December 7, you will have a chance to CHANGE your plan for next year.
We can help make sense of the information. Trained SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone ) counselors can help you understand your plan changes as well as other available options.  Be sure you have coverage that best meets your needs!  SHINE counselors are in every community and there are still appointments available.
Sign up soon!
Please call your senior center to get a SHINE appointment during Open Enrollment… or call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3.  More info:

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