Annual Medicare Open Enrollment period begins on October 15

Every year beginning on Oct. 15 and ending Dec. 7, the Annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (AOEP) takes place. The coverage and costs of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare health plans, known as Advantage Plans, can change from year to year, and this is an opportunity for Medicare beneficiaries to review any changes, and choose the coverage that will best suit their needs. 

The APPRISE program, Pennsylvania’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, has counselors available to Medicare beneficiaries for assistance with plan comparisons, helping to ensure individuals’ insurance and prescription drug plan needs will be met in the coming year.

In order to protect the health and safety of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the APPRISE program will be offering service by telephone appointment only during the AOEP. APPRISE Program services are free, confidential, unbiased, and open to all Medicare beneficiaries. 

Appointments can be made for your plan review by calling 1-800-982-4346.

The APPRISE program and the B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; the United Way of Bradford County; the United Way of Susquehanna County, and the Lycoming County United Way serving Wellsboro and southern Tioga County.

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