Local organizations urge patients and providers to take advantage of new plan options and services available beginning October 15th
The Medicare Rx Access Network has re-energized its local partners to help prepare Wisconsin seniors for the upcoming October 15th through December 7th Open Enrollment opportunity for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.
More than 918,344 Wisconsinites are currently covered by Medicare. While there are still a few weeks until seniors can make changes to their benefits, Medicare Rx Access Network members are urging Wisconsin seniors to prepare now.
“The Medicare Rx Access Network will be out in the community making sure that seniors are aware not only of the open enrollment period but of all the new options available,” explained Gary Ross, President and CEO of Community Health Charities of Wisconsin. “Seniors should compare their current plan with new coverage options in their area. People change and so do their medical needs. Patients can now make their benefits work for them.”
Seniors wanting to compare their plans should visit www.medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE. These resources will allow them to easily compare their current coverage to their medical and financial needs to determine the most suitable option available to them in their area. In Wisconsin, those with questions on Medicare and Medicare Part D can also call the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources 1-877-333-0202.
The Medicare Rx Access Network will spend the next few weeks and months working with local health providers and community organizations to spread the word about the open enrollment opportunity.
Eighty-eight percent of Part D enrollees report satisfaction with their coverage, according to the KRC Survey for Medicare Today, done in October of 2011.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network – Wisconsin, American Liver Foundation, Wisconsin Chapter, American Lung Association of Wisconsin, Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region-Wisconsin, BioForward, Community Health Charities of Wisconsin, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Network, Epilepsy Foundation of Western Wisconsin, Epilepsy Foundation, Heart of Wisconsin, Lupus Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter, National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians,
Wisconsin Nurses Association, and the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation