Gov. Wolf Reminds Older Pennsylvanians of Upcoming 2023 Medicare Enrollment Period, Free Insurance Advice Available Through PA MEDI
Gov. Tom Wolf is today reminding senior Pennsylvanians and Medicare beneficiaries of the annual open enrollment period beginning Saturday, October 15, 2022 and ending Monday, December 7, 2022. Any newly selected coverage or changes to existing benefits are effective January 1, 2023.
During open enrollment, new Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in Medicare prescription drug and health plans to supplement Medicare, and current Medicare beneficiaries can do so Review and join, switch, or end Medicare Advantage or prescription drug coverage so that their plan better suits their needs.
“Combating through the numerous health care options and navigating the online platforms can often be tedious and overwhelming,” Gov. Wolf said. “To help Medicare beneficiaries sort through their options, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is offering free, objective health advice through PA MEDI. There, beneficiaries can compare their current rates and coverage to other Medicare plan options on the market to help them make an informed decision about staying on their current plan or changing their coverage.”
help from PA MEDI (Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight) is available through Pennsylvania’s 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). The specially trained counselors can assist beneficiaries in comparing plans, enrolling in a new plan, and assessing eligibility for one of Pennsylvania’s Medicare cost-savings programs.
PA MEDI’s service is free, confidential, objective, and provides easy-to-understand information about Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug plans, and Medicare supplement plans. Advisors help beneficiaries, their families and caregivers make informed health insurance decisions that optimize cost savings and access to health care.
During this time of year, consumers may see or hear television and radio commercials featuring celebrities supporting the additional benefits and free offerings of Medicare Advantage plans. Although these ads may mimic official Medicare communications, the ads are from brokers or agents who receive financial incentives to enroll beneficiaries in these plans. Consumers should exercise caution when interacting with such ads and instead be encouraged to seek trusted, unbiased help through theirs local area agency for aging.
PA MEDI consultants do not sell Medicare products, but provide up-to-date, unbiased Medicare education to help people make the most informed choices about the Medicare options available to them.
Individuals can learn more about PA MEDI, events and programs or become a volunteer at the Office of Aging website or by calling the PA MEDI Helpline at 1-800-783-7067, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Older adults can also call your local AAA.
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