New From Medicare!
Beginning in 2019 Medicare will have a NEW Medicare Advantage Plan Open Enrollment period. This new period will run from January 1st to March 31st of each year. During this time-frame you can change to another Medicare Advantage Plan. You can also leave your Medicare Advantage Plan and return to Original Medicare and pick up a drug plan and supplement coverage. YOU MUST BE IN A MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN ON JANUARY 1ST TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OEP.
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT IF YOU ARE TURNING 65 YOU SHOULD CONTACT SOCIAL SECURITY TO ENROLL IN MEDICARE. MEDICARE ELIGIBILITY HAS NO CONNECTION TO YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. ALSO COVERAGE FROM THE HEALTH CONNECTOR DOES NOT EXEMPT YOU FROM THIS REQUIREMENT TO ENROLL IN MEDICARE, AS YOU WILL LOSE YOUR HEALTH CONNECTOR SUBSIDY WHEN YOU TURN 65. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR SHINE REGIONAL OFFICE AT 1-800-243-4636 OPTION #3.
“SHINE’S MEDICARE AND MORE” PROGRAM
The Central MASS SHINE Program is now sponsoring a monthly cable tv program called SHINE’s MEDICARE AND MORE”, we hope your local cable channel will pick it up. This program is designed to educate and update MEDICARE beneficiaries and their families on MEDICARE and other programs that can assist you with your health insurance needs. If you don’t see it on your local cable channel give them call and ask about it.
CENTRAL MASS SHINE WEBSITE
The Central Mass Region has recently launched it website. You can visit us at www.shinema.org. Our site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with you insurance needs.
Trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) volunteers can help you! They offer free, unbiased, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. Call your senior center and ask for a SHINE appointment. You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back.