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The annual Medicare open enrollment period is just around the corner. It’s an eight-week period when Medicare recipients can make changes to their existing plan. Adult children who are preparing to help a parent through this process might be confused about what to do and how to get started.
Seniors and their family members often decide to stick with their current plan just to avoid spending time reading the mailbox full of literature from various Medicare providers. While it might be easier, it’s not always best.
As your parent grows older, their health needs change. A plan that might have worked for them when they didn’t take medication or weren’t seeing their physician very often might not be the best plan anymore. There might be a better solution that will allow them to have better coverage or one that will save money.
Here are a few tips that can help you make the most of Medicare open enrollment before the window closes on December 7.
Preparing for Medicare Open Enrollment
If you are struggling to navigate your way through all of the options, there are resources that can help.
Medicare Open Enrollment Resources
Finally, don’t overlook resources and programs in your own community. Local libraries, senior centers, and some senior living communities offer Medicare workshops that are open to seniors and their families.
If you have general questions about Medicare, our article, “The Guide to Medicare Coverage for Seniors” might be helpful. It discusses topics ranging from Medicare eligibility to what is covered under Medicare A, B, C, and D.