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Open Enrollment Center

Medicare's annual open enrollment is from November 15th to December 31, 2008.

Plans Change. People Change. Shop and Compare.

Each year plans change what they cost and what they cover. Now is the time for people with Medicare to review the changes being made by their current plan and compare it to others to make sure it still meets their needs. Those who don't have prescription drug coverage can also enroll in a drug plan during open enrollment.

All people with Medicare should:

  • Review the 2009 costs for their current drug and health plan. (Look at premium, co-pays and deductibles)
  • Compare the cost and coverage to other plans in their area. (Check to see if the plan covers their medicines, works with their pharmacy and doctors, and covers the services they need)
  • Choose a plan that meets their needs.

You'll find helpful Medicare tools and information on this page. Use these resources to compare the cost or benefits of Medicare health or prescription drug plans in your area. Get answers to your Medicare questions. Learn how to lower health care costs and stay healthy. Find out about local resources in your community. By working together for better health, we can reach those who are unaware, unsure, or unable to make their health plan decisions and apply for the extra help.

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