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Q: When I turned 65, I chose a Medicare Advantage Plan that might not be the best plan for me now. I think I might need to switch a new plan. What should I do now?
A: The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (formerly the Open Enrollment Period) is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. During this Annual Enrollment Period, you can:
• Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan.
• Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare.
• Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan.
• Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage.
• Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage.
• Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
• Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another.
• Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage completely.
There are many helpful tools available to help you choose the plan that’s right for you.
The State Health Insurance Information Program is a free and unbiased counseling program provided by the Indiana Department of Insurance for Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana. SHIP has sites throughout the state where you can meet with a counselor.
SHIP is staffed by counselors who have completed intensive training and can help you sort options.
To make an appointment with a SHIP counselor or find a site near you, call SHIP at 1-800-452-4800. You can also find us at www.medicare.in.gov.
Another great resource is the Plan Finder available at www.medicare.gov. By entering your zip code, prescription drug information, and a few other preferences, the Plan Finder can help you compare plans.
If you would like help using the Plan Finder, SHIP counselors can help.
SHIP will be hosting events throughout Indiana to help beneficiaries during annual enrollment. Many of these will provide one-on-one assistance and will require advanced registration. For a list of these events, visit the SHIP website at www.medicare.in.gov and choose the SHIP Presentations link.
If you have questions about annual enrollment or anything else related to Medicare, contact SHIP for help. Call 1-800-452-4800, or visit www.medicare.
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Maple Center program on healthy holiday ideas Dec. 10
“Surviving the Holidays and Staying Healthy” will be presented from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Education Classroom of UAP Clinic at 1429 N. Sixth St.
Cost is $5 per person. Register by Dec. 6 by calling The Maple Center for Integrative Health at 812-234-8733.
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Healthy Homes Summit to offer housing resources
The Healthy Homes Summit will take place at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Greenwood Manor Apartments.
Holiday grief workshops offered at Paris hospital
For many people, feelings of sadness and loss can be especially difficult during the holiday season. To help individuals cope with those feelings, Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center will present free grief workshops in December.
Seniors encouraged to contact SHIP counselors
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Hospital offers assistance with POLST Paradigm Form
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Free car seat instruction Saturday
Safe Kids Vigo County of Chances and Services for Youth, supported by Union Hospital, urges parents and caregivers to make sure their car seats and booster seats are properly installed.
Minority Health Coalition to host health fair
The Minority Health Coalition of Vigo County will host a “Getting Healthy for the Holidays” Community Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday at the Booker T. Washington Park Community Center gymnasium, 13th Street and College Avenue. Admission is free.
Funds to provide defibrillators to rural communities
Union Hospital’s Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health has partnered with Vermillion and Parke counties in Indiana and Clark County in Illinois to better equip those rural communities to respond to life-threatening heart attack events.
- Briefly: Nov. 13, 2013
Minority Health Coalition to host health fair
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Fitness Solutions expands, offers free classes
Chris Davies has expanded Fitness Solutions Inc. at 1101 Walnut St. in Terre Haute.
Fitness Solutions Inc. is offering free classes through Nov. 15.
Free Vial of Life kits at Paris Dine with a Doc event
Paris (Ill.) Community Hospital/Family Medical Center will provide free Vial of Life kits to those attending the Dine with a Doc program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST Friday in the University of Illinois Extension Building on Illinois 1.
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Tools support smoke-free pregnancy
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MDwise to host free Affordable Care Act chats
MDwise Marketplace will host several free sessions to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act through Nov. 15 in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets.
Alzheimer’s caregivers session set
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host a free, two-part session on “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Late-Stage,” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 in Indiana State University’s University Hall at 401 N. Seventh St.
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Future teachers in an Indiana State University health education class went off campus for several days this fall to provide lessons to young Girl Scouts.
Drug take-back event slated for Saturday
On Saturday, the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Diabetes Center to host speaker, cooking programs
The Union Hospital Diabetes Education Center will host a free dinner program at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education, 1433 N. 61⁄2 St., to celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month.
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