October 15 through December 7 is the time for all Medicare Part D participants to evaluate their Part D plans for 2021. It is very important every year the Part D plans are reviewed and compared. Many plans change their benefits and costs. Also, many times the prescriptions people take change.

Again, this year the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Volunteers and Nebraska Extension have teamed up to provide free, unbiased counseling information and enrollment for people who are receiving Medicare. New premiums and deductibles for the 2022 Prescription Drug plans have been released. There are 22 plans offered in Nebraska in 2022with premiums ranging from $6.80 to $116.10 per month. Plan deductibles will range from $0 to $480.00. Each plan covers different prescriptions so the cheapest premium isn’t the best for every person. The only way to know for sure is to use the medicare.gov website to do a personalized comparison. Once the information is personalized then a decision can be made based on individual needs and wants. To complete a personalized comparison a list of current medications complete with dose and frequency and a Medicare card are needed. The option of using your Medicare account for your personalized comparison, is available and is recommended for the best personalized review. If you don’t have a Medicare account, it is very simple to set one up on the www.medicare.gov website.

The Senior Savings Model is still available in 2022 for drug plans that choose to participate. The participating plans have agreed to charge NO MORE than $35 for 1 month of select insulins. Plans do not have to cover the same insulins so it is very important review the plans to enroll in a participating plan that will cover the insulin brand that is needed.

It’s important for everyone to take time to review and compare. Medicare and Nebraska SHIIP provide free, unbiased counseling. To get one-on-one help from the Nebraska State Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). Call the SHIIP toll-free hotline at 800-234-7119 to make an appointment in your area, visit www.medicare.gov to compare your current coverage with all of the available options in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours a day/7 days a week to find out more about your coverage options. TTY users should call 877-486-2048.

Nebraska Extension Offices in Chase, Dundy, Hayes, Hitchcock, and Perkins will be scheduling personal telephone reviews during the open enrollment period. Contact the Nebraska Extension Offices in those counties to set up an appointment to sign up or to review Medicare Part D plans.

For more information about other Nebraska Extension offices partnering with SHIIP contact your local extension office. Nebraska Extension, In Our Grit, Our Glory.

 

Nancy Frecks

Extension Educator

Nebraska Extension

Dundy-Hayes-Hitchcock

PO Box 248

Trenton, Nebraska 69044

308 334 5666