Several years ago, I saw a need in this area for people trained to assist Medicare recipients who wanted to review their prescription drug plan during open enrollment. As trained SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas) counselors, my husband John, and I can help Medicare recipients take a look at their Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) and hopefully find them a more affordable plan. We have several other SHICK counselors serving area residents through the RSVP office, so we hope to be able to keep up with the calls.
The Open Enrollment Period begins Oct. 15th and runs through Dec. 7th. Plan costs and coverage change each year, so everyone with Medicare should check to make sure their plan still meets their health needs and budget. If you would like to check out the website for yourself, simply go to Medicare.gov and click on Part D Prescription Drug Plans.
If you are unable to do an internet search, feel free to give me a call at the Extension office. Due to COVID-19 protocol, we will be conducting most of our SHICK appointments over the phone. If you call my office at 620-793-1910 I will send you a letter describing the procedure along with a Medicare prescription drug coverage worksheet. When you return that worksheet to my office we will input your information and let you know your options for your Part D and assist you with signing up.
While we always enjoy seeing our Medicare friends during the Open Enrollment time, we feel this is the best way to move forward this year. Your health and well-being are important to us during these uncertain times.
Donna Krug is the Family & Consumer Science Agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. Contact her at 620-793-1910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.