Medicare Enrollment Starts October 15

By Michele Johnson

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The Canyon Sages is sponsoring a Zoom presentation on Tuesday, October 19, at 2:00 p.m. to explain what Medicare covers. Bruce Johnston, a licensed broker with decades of experience in Medicare, will present a primer of all things Medicare and answer your questions. Are you on Medicare or want to be? Do you have a friend or loved one who needs help with their Medicare choices? Medicare, the 55-year-old federal program that provides health care for older Americans and those with disabilities, will help more than 61 million people pay for everything from hospital stays to doctor visits to prescription drugs. But there are many options and considerations about when to enroll and how to evaluate renewing your current plan. If you’re getting ready to enroll, it’s important to know the very specific timetable—you can start signing up three months before you turn 65, and you’ll have until three months after your birthday month to enroll. If you miss that deadline, you may end up paying higher premiums. To help you think through the various plans, the Canyon Sages’ Zoom presentation will explain what Medicare covers, when one is eligible, how to apply, and more. Bruce Johnston, a licensed broker with decades of experience in Medicare, will present a primer of all things Medicare and answer your questions. To attend: email Jane Terjung at janeterjung@gmail.com to receive your Zoom invitation and link. The presentation is timed to the Medicare Open Enrollment season: October 15, 2021: Medicare Open Enrollment starts. This is the first day to enroll in a 2022 Medicare plan, whether you’re a current beneficiary or new to the program. During this time, you can sign up for any Medicare part, including Traditional Medicare (Parts A and B), Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Part D, or you can change your coverage. December 7, 2021: 2022 Medicare Open Enrollment ends; this applies to all Medicare Parts. January 1, 2022: This is the first day your coverage starts for all Medicare Parts and any previous changes take effect. January 1 to February 14, 2022: Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period. Medicare Advantage enrollees can switch back to original Medicare. You can also sign up for Medicare Part D plans in this period. n

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