Aging Well in Maine

Monthly Archives: October 2015

Review. Enroll. Beware.

Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 through December 7. For those on Medicare, this is the time to check your prescription drug plan to see if it still works well for you. Your prescriptions may have changed, your current plan’s drug list may have changed, and as a result you may want to switch to another Part D plan to get better coverage for a lower cost. You can only do this switch during this Open Enrollment period. How can you check? Do this online at www.medicare.gov, or by calling the Medicare Hot Line, 1-800-633-4227. Don’t forget that deadline – December 7.

Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment is November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. For those under age 65 who do not currently have health insurance, this is the opportunity to sign up for coverage through the Insurance Marketplace for 2016. Good health insurance coverage is not only sensible and practical, but for most Mainers (90%), there is financial help with payment. As an added note, by signing up for health insurance now you will avoid a tax penalty of 2.5% of your income or $695 per adult, whichever is greater. For help in signing up, visit www.enroll207.com, or call Consumers for Affordable Health Care at 1-800-965-7476. You can also do this yourself at www.Healthcare.gov. Don’t forget this important deadline – January 31, 2016.

Beware of Scammers Posing as SeniorsPlus employees. We have heard that scam artists are calling older adults, posing as a familiar SeniorsPlus employee either asking you to donate to some cause or needing some more information from you so they can assist you. Please be very careful. The general rule of thumb is – if you did not call us first, we most likely are not calling you. So if you get a call from a person posing as, for example, Connie Jones at SeniorsPlus, and you didn’t specifically ask us to call you – beware! Do not give any information, hang up, and call us directly (1-800-427-1241) to verify our call.