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Attention Seniors: Plans Change. Your Needs Change. Shop and Compare Your Prescription Drug Coverage Now
Date:11/9/2008

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reminds seniors that the time to change their Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage begins November 15 and ends December 31. In addition to changing their coverage if they so choose, this time period is also an opportunity for people to determine if they qualify for Medicare Part D Extra Help.

Washington (PRWEB) November 9, 2008 -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reminds seniors that the time to change their Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage begins November 15 and ends December 31. In addition to changing their coverage if they so choose, this time period is also an opportunity for people to determine if they qualify for Medicare Part D Extra Help.

Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) is open to everyone with Medicare, but people with Medicare must enroll to get the coverage. For those with limited income and resources, Medicare offers Extra Help that will pay for most, if not all, of the premiums and co-pays.

From year to year, Part D plans, which are administered by private companies approved by Medicare to offer prescription drug coverage, change their costs and coverage. What worked well last year for someone might not work as well this year. For example, this year, some people with Medicare may see significant increases to their monthly premium or changes – such as reduced coverage in the donut hole or coverage gap – if they stay in the same prescription drug plan they had this year in 2009.

“Plans change and so do your medication needs," said Stuart Spector, NCOA senior vice president. “This is a golden opportunity to check out your existing Part D plan and whether it is still the right one for you. You ca
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