Residents warned of Medicare deadlines and changes

The open enrollment period for the Medicare prescription Part D coverage is coming to a close this week, and those who qualify need to be making decisions. Bill Buck is the Health Insurance Specialist for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Kansas City says it would be good for those using the program to get some assistance before the enrollment period ends Friday.

Buck encourages residents to go to the local Office on Aging for help or call the Nebraska State Health Insurance program at 800-234-7119. Buck says if you get assistance, you should have your Medicare card handy, a list of your medications, the dose and how often you take them, know your pharmacy and your zip code.

Buck also says people with a Medicare Advantage plan should know that there are two plans that won't be available after late February. Buck told KNEB News the Humana Inc. plan and the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan will no longer be available.

Buck says the good news is that people with those plans have until February 28th to make a new Medicare health Plan choice. Buck says approximately 300 people in Scotts Bluff County have the plans which are not renewing. Buck says if you need assistance on this issue you can also go to the local Office on Aging or call the Nebraska State Health Insurance program at 800-234-7119.

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