Pratt volunteers prepared to assist with insurance coverage questions and adjustments.
Medicare 2020 Open Enrollment begins October 15 and continues via December 7 and Pratt has two Senior Well being Insurance coverage Councilor of Kansas (SCHICK) to help space residents — Lisa Hart with Pratt Regional Medical Middle and Jeanette Gaider with Senior Companies (RSVP).
“If you’re 65 years or older; or on Medicare Incapacity, now could be the time to evaluate your half D, prescription drug plan,” Hart mentioned. “Based mostly on present consumer numbers, the common individual is saving about $500 a 12 months by switching plans.”
“A SHICK councilor shouldn’t be an agent, dealer, nor will we obtain a fee,” Hart mentioned. “Our providers are free and open to the general public. We’re skilled by the state of Kansas to be unbiased and educated about Medicare drug plans in our space.”
Medicare Half D plans are solely obtainable via non-public insurance coverage corporations and the associated fee, pharmacy community, and drug formulary can differ from plan to plan, and 12 months to 12 months, in line with Hart.
“As SHICK councilors, we examine your present drugs amongst 26 completely different standalone Half D insurance policies that can assist you discover an inexpensive possibility that meets your wants,” Hart mentioned.
Hart mentioned the Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Companies (CMS) launched a brand new model of the Medicare Plan Finder instrument on Medicare.gov earlier this week which permits customers to seek for and examine Medicare Half D and Medicare Benefit (MA) plans.
“The adjustments embody an improved mobile-friendly design, as 25% of beneficiaries accessed the plan finder by way of cellular gadgets in 2018 and that quantity is rising rapidly.” Hart mentioned.
“The brand new plan finder may also inform customers if a generic model of their prescription drug is accessible, which is probably going an effort to deal with the excessive out-of-pocket prices for prescribed drugs,” Hart mentioned.
Beneficiaries and their caregivers can use the brand new instrument to enroll in Medicare Benefit and Half D plans, in addition to view and examine the supplemental advantages of Medicare Benefit plans, in line with Hart.
Info wanted to finish the evaluate is Social Safety quantity, Medicare Card, detailed listing of prescriptions and present Medicare Half D insurance coverage card.
Hart mentioned she is accessible to see shoppers on the Hope Middle, 314 South Most important Road, Pratt, by appointment solely October 15 via December 7, telephone 620-933-2165.
Gaider will likely be counseling at Pratt Senior Residents Middle, 619 North Most important Road, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and a pair of:30 p.m., additionally by appointment solely, telephone 620-672-7811.