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Are you 64? It’s time to think about Medicare…


 SHIP Customer Service Update
  The State Health Insurance Assistance Program has a new phone number  301-255-4250 

 If you have turned 64 and are approaching age 65, now is the time to start doing research into your health insurance options so you’ll be ready when you become  eligible for Medicare!

Medicare is complicated! When you enroll in Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, Medicare Advantage and a Medicare prescription drug plan, you are making decisions that affect your coverage and your costs for the rest of your life. It is crucial that you pay attention to the deadlines and options!

The first thing you should do is attend one of our New to Medicare Seminars. In these seminars, we provide an introduction to the Medicare A, B, C, and D’s.

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The Medicare Advantage Dis-enrollment Period (MADP) is January through February 14 each year.
  If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan you can leave your Plan and switch to  Original Medicare.  Original Medicare coverage will begin the first day of the following month.

  If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until February 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription   Drug Plan. Your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of the month after the plan receive your enrollment form.

During this period you cannot:
• Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan
• Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another
• Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another


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