Central Crossing offering free Medicare enrollment

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

As has been done yearly since 2008, Central Crossing Senior Center is offering free Medicare Counseling to area seniors.

This year, the enrollment period is from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. During this time, eligible seniors can review and make changes in their Medicare Part “D” and may change from Advantage Plans to Medicare or Medicare to Advantage Plans.

It is wise to have plans reviewed annually, because a plan could change next year or another plan may change which will save an enrollee money. Conversely, not changing a plan could end up costing a plenty.

For example, a current Part “D” provider may have changed its drug costs, its premiums or its deductibles. Medicare Part “D” has numerous changes this year. Additionally, there is much to learn regarding the differences between Medicare and the various Advantage Plans available for next year.

All counselors at Central Crossing Senior Center are trained “Centers for Medicare Services” (CMS) volunteers. They are not paid and offer their services are totally unbiased. Their motivation is only to assist area seniors in choosing the best health plan available. Since the inception of this service, participating area seniors have saved $470,765 through the Central Crossing offering.

Using this service is free and easy. People may call 417-858-3456 to make an appointment. Callers will be told what information to bring to the counseling session. But, there are only so many volunteer counselors and limited time.