Open enrollment program set in Kent
Kent Memorial Library and Kent Social Services will host an open enrollment event Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Peter D’Aprile of Kent Station Pharmacy will be available to review Part D prescription plans, and Hugh Hill, licensed insurance agent and Kent resident, will be on hand to review current Medicare Supplement Plan and/or Medicare Advantage Plan.
Participants should bring their current insurance cards, list of current physicians, and list of current medications.
No appointment is necessary.
Medicare’s annual open enrollment period is a good time to review current coverage and decide if there may be a better fit based on changes to current plans, budgets or health needs.
During Medicare Open Enrollment, which runs Oct. 15, 2018, through Dec. 7, 2018, individuals can enroll or make changes to Medicare health or prescription drug plans.
Coverage begins Jan. 1, 2019. Those who miss the deadline will likely have to wait a full year before being able to make changes.
During Medicare Open Enrollment, these two steps should be followed:
Read any notices from one’s current Medicare plan about changes for next year, especially the “Annual Notice of Change” letter. Look at the plan’s information to make sure prescriptions are still covered and doctors are still in network.
Questions to think about include: do you need a new primary care doctor? Does your network include the specialist you want for an upcoming surgery? Does your current plan cover your new medication? Does another plan offer the same coverage at a lower cost?
Along with Medicare, individuals can enroll for 2019 health insurance by visiting www.healthpathfinder.org or seeing a Health Pathfinder on Facebook for updated events.
The program at the Main Street library is free and open to the public.