And so the race is off! That is to say, Medicare open enrollment period began as of October 15 and beneficiaries have until December 7 to find the right plan and sign up.
The trouble with this enrollment period is that it is more confusing than ever before.
Medicare reform, the opening of Obamacare exchanges, and no small amount of political dysfunction have seeded misunderstanding and misinformation. Consequently, this environment has left the door wide open for elder abuse and Medicare scammers.
If you (or your loved ones) are facing this confusion head-on, and perhaps for the first time, then it helps to have a new set of tips for the current year.
Fortunately, Forbes lends a helping hand in a recent article titled “Tips For Medicare's Tricky Open Enrollment Season”
I highly recommend that you click over and give the article a read. Then, share it with your loved ones and friends who are similarly situated.
This also is a good time to bone up on the subject of Medicare, as local community seminars and informational hearings can be a great resource.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your financial, tax and estate plans, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage competent professional counsel.For more information about estate planning in Overland Park, KS (and throughout the rest of Kansas and Missouri) and to download free tools to help you organize your estate, visit my estate planning website.
Reference: Forbes (October 14, 2013) “Tips For Medicare's Tricky Open Enrollment Season”