Medicare enrollment events to be offered in Idaho statewide
The Medicare Annual Enrollment period begins October 15th and ends December 7th.
Medicare health and prescription drug plan costs and coverage can change every year. SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) highly recommends people with Medicare review their coverage before the enrollment period ends. Failing to compare and review coverage plan options increases the risk of spending more money on unnecessary health care costs down the road. In addition, with coverage changes, medications and services may no longer be covered by a previous year’s health plan.
Beginning the first week of October, Certified Medicare Counselors from The Department of Insurance’s SHIBA Program will be available across the state of Idaho. Medicare beneficiaries will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a trained Medicare counselor to compare and review their current Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug plans, and new options available in 2020. In short, SHIBA counselors help people make informed decisions about their specific health insurance needs.
SHIBA counselors will be available in these Idaho cities: Boise, Jerome, Mountain Home, Nampa, Parma, Fairfield, Cambridge, McCall, Gooding, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Preston, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Kellogg, St. Maries, Lewiston, Sand Point, and Post Falls.
To make an appointment with a SHIBA Medicare Counselor near you, call 1-800-247-4422. For more information, visit doi.idaho.gov.