Petri Notes Medicare Open Season

Oct 16, 2012 Issues: Health Care

Congressman Tom Petri is seeking to remind older Americans that Medicare's open season for switching Medicare plans runs from October 15 through December 7 this year.

"It's important for seniors to go to the website or call 1-800-772-1213 to get the information they need to compare competing Medicare Advantage Plans (Medicare Part C) and competing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Medicare Part D) in order to get the best deal," Petri said.  "Alternatively, counseling is available from the Wisconsin Board of Aging and Long Term Care.  Their number is 1-800-242-1060.  And the various county Aging and Disability Resource Centers provide counseling to those who schedule an appointment.

"People with limited incomes and limited resources can get assistance in the form of a Limited Income Subsidy, which will help cover premiums and deductibles," he said.  "There is a form to fill out online or on paper in a Social Security office."