UPPER CUMBERLAND – Medicare’s open enrollment for 2016 begins Thursday, Oct. 15. And help is available for those who are eligible to sign up or who have questions about making changes to their health plans and/or Medicare Part D prescription drug plans – the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability (UCAAAD) is offering free, unbiased Medicare information and counseling.
Open enrollment runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 7; during this time, currently enrolled Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their plans. The staff at UCAAAD, a division of Upper Cumberland Development District, and its volunteers are trained to provide advice for those seeking assistance.
Officials say it’s important for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their current plans to the 2016 coverage options, which will be released Thursday. UCAAAD staff can offer plan comparisons and can be reached at the toll free SHIP line at (877) 801-0044.
Throughout open enrollment, UCAAAD staff and volunteers will also be offering Medicare counseling at various locations throughout the Upper Cumberland. The first event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Putnam County Senior Center in Cookeville. A full list of appointment times and locations can be found below or at www.ucdd.org, www.facebook/ucddconnect or by calling (877-801-0044).