Contact SHIP (State Health Insurance Program) at 866 634 9412
or the Salem Office at 603 893 9769
The Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Benefit) Update
The Part D open enrollment period is approaching!
All Medicare Beneficiaries are encouraged to compare plans to be sure they are on the one that is best for them.
The Part D Open Enrollment Period is November 15 - December 31.
If you are eligible for Medicare Part D and have not yet signed up for a Part D plan or would like to enroll in a new prescription plan, you will be able to enroll from November 15 – December 31. If you sign up for a plan during this time, your coverage will begin on January 1 of the next calendar year. You might be assessed additional premium cost if you did not sign up by the initial May 15, 2006 deadline.
Who is eligible to enroll for Medicare Part D coverage?
One can enroll if he/she is eligible for, or enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or enrolled in Medicare Part B. Eligibility includes people aged 65 and older, and some younger people with disabilities. Additionally, individuals currently enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare are entitled to Medicare prescription (Part D) drug benefits. Unlike other insurance plans, one cannot be denied coverage for health reasons.
What if I currently have a limited income subsidy with Social Security to help pay for my Part D plan or require extra assistance to pay for the costs?
If you currently receive a subsidy, you will receive a letter in the mail from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring you to re-apply. Be looking for this information in the mail!
Help is available for people with lower incomes and limited savings. To find out if you may qualify for prescription assistance, or to complete an application, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213
ServiceLink is also available to answer your questions: 1-866-634-9412.
How can I enroll in a Part D plan?
You can call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE or log onto their website to choose and enroll in a Part D Drug plan. Ask a family member or friend for assistance.