Medicare disenrollment period now in progress

Those who signed up for the wrong Medicare Advantage program have an opportunity to return to original Medicare during the Annual Disenrollment Period.”Some people try (the Medicare Advantage Program) and it doesn’t work out,” said Allison Richman, Alzheimer’s educator for the Bear River Area Agency on Aging.The disenrollment period lasts until Feb. 14.After Feb. 14, unless the user can prove a plan was misrepresented and therefore not what was expected, Medicare users will be locked in to their plans until the enrollment period at the end of the year. There are a few other exceptions to this deadline, such as low income subsidy users or users who move. In the past, Jan. 1 to March 31 was an Open Enrollment Period where Medicare users could switch to similar plans. Starting this year with the new Annual Disenrollment Period, users can cancel their Medicare Advantage Plan and either return to original Medicare and purchase a stand-alone Part D plan, or purchase a Medigap policy and a stand-alone Part D plan. Those who need more information on Medicare or the Annual Disenrollment Period can visit www.medicare.gov or contact representatives at BRAG (752-7242), Brigham City Senior Center (723-3303), Rich County Senior Center (793-2122) or Cache County Senior Center (716-7190). – rachel@cvdaily.com

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