Open enrollment for Medicare Part D is coming. The annual period when you can change from one prescription drug plan to another runs from Oct. 15 until Dec. 7. This is also the time period when you can enroll in a prescription drug plan if you did not take advantage of the special enrollment period when you first became eligible for Medicare.
If you are currently enrolled in a prescription drug plan you should be aware of the following timeline.
Between Sept. 16 and 30: 2013 Medicare & You handbook will be mailed to Medicare beneficiaries. You can request an e-version of the handbook through your MyMedicare.gov account or by contacting Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE.
By Sept. 30: All plans must mail their current members the combined ANOC (Annual Notice of Change)/EOC (Evidence of Coverage). These notices tell members about any changes for the 2013 plan year. You should review these notices and make sure your current plan continues to best meet your needs. If you are uncertain, call the senior center at 272-3620 and schedule an appointment to visit with an insurance counselor.
Oct. 1: Prescription drug insurance companies may begin marketing their 2013 plans.
By Oct. 2: Plans that are not renewing their contract for 2013 or whose contract is terminated by CMS for 2013 must send their current members a letter notifying them that their current coverage will end on Dec. 31, 2012.
Oct. 15: Open Enrollment Period begins. People with Medicare can make changes in their Medicare coverage by enrolling in a different Part D plan, changing from Medicare Advantage to Original Medicare, or vice versa.
Dec. 7: Open Enrollment Period ends.
Jan. 1, 2013: Effective date of all Open Enrollment-related enrollments and disenrollments.
Jan. 1 to Feb. 14, 2013: Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP). During this time Medicare beneficiaries can disenroll from a Medicare Advantage plan and go to Original Medicare. Note, they cannot use the MADP to switch Medicare Advantage plans. They also get a Part D Special Enrollment Period associated with the MADP to enroll in a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP), if they're interested.
For assistance with reviewing your Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, call the senior center at 272-3620 for an appointment.
Thanks for help
This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the Homestead Assisted Living, Meals on Wheels volunteers, RSVP volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.
Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.
Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Life Writing group meets at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.
Friday begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers meet from 5 to 9 p.m.
Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge meets at 7 p.m.
Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.
Oct. 3 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Library outreach is at 11 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Music is provided by the Moonshiners. The recommended donation is $5. Bring finger food for the break.
Lunch is served at noon.
Thursday (Tailgate Free Lunch): Chicken strips, potato salad, Scandinavian vegetables, fruit salad.
Friday: Taco salad with cheese and tomatoes, corn, tortilla chips with salsa, pineapple.
Monday: Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, spinach salad, wheat bread, pineapple tidbits.
Tuesday: Roast beef, scalloped potatoes, broccoli, wheat roll, bread pudding.
Oct. 3: Grilled chicken breast, rice, Capri vegetables, wheat bread, strawberries and pears.
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