Senior Resources: Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Soon!


Medicare Open Enrollment, October 15 – December 7

The time to save money is now

Now’s the time review one’s current Part D prescription drug plan, note changes,
and determine best options — as insurance companies may well change their Part D plan
premiums, deductibles, and co-pays next year, advises Laura Crews, Director of Benefits Access,
Senior Resources, Area Agency on Aging, Eastern CT. “Switching plans might well put extra
money in your pocket!”

Compare your plan to others, adds Crews, regardless of whether you’ve had changes in your
medications, those same drugs could cost more next year. Switching plans may offer better
coverage. “Be sure to note drug restrictions for your medications. You may need authorization
before your medication is covered. And be aware of “step therapy,” where the insurance
company insists you try an alternative drug before they pay for the one your doctor has chosen.
And, if quantity limits are in place, you are limited to a certain number of pills each month.

“These, and many more, are important reasons to carefully review your Part D plan each year,”
Crews concludes. “CHOICES, Connecticut’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program, will
help you understand your options by reviewing your Medicare prescription drug plans and/or
Medicare Advantage Plan options for 2022. “

To enroll, call Senior Resources Agency on Aging, serving Eastern CT, at (860) 887-3561 to
speak with a Certified CHOICES Counselor or email [email protected].

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90SAPG0068 from the U.S. Administration for Community
Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under
government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions
do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.