10/16/2012

SAN MATEO, CA – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo/San Francisco) highlighted the new high quality health care choices available to seniors during Medicare Open Enrollment which began this week and will continue until December 7th.

“During the first week of Medicare Open Enrollment, I’m happy to announce that seniors now have access to a wider range of Medicare plan choices than ever before,” said Congresswoman Jackie Speier. “For the first time, people will have access to a combined 127 four- or five-star Medicare Advantage plans and 26 four or five star prescription drug plans. San Mateo and San Francisco participants will be able to choose from 39-44 plans depending on where they live.” 

“And the best part is that because of the Affordable Care Act, seniors’ costs in the prescription drug donut hole continue to shrink,” she said.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, in 2013, people with Medicare who reach the “donut hole” will receive approximately 53 percent off the cost of brand name drugs and 21 percent off the cost of generic drugs.  Medicare beneficiaries will also continue to benefit from Medicare-covered preventive services at zero cost-sharing, including a yearly Wellness visit.

Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Octobter 15th – December 7th

Online Resources for Medicare Open Enrollment
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
http://www.cms.gov/Center/Special-Topic/Open-Enrollment-Center.html?redirect=/center/openenrollment.asp

Search online for Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans by zipcode
www.medicare.gov 

Details about the 2013 Part C and D Plan Quality Ratings
http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-Coverage/PrescriptionDrugCovGenIn/PerformanceData.html.

Questions about Open Enrollment?
HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program): 800-434-0222
In San Mateo: 650-627-9350

In San Francisco: 415-677-7520

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