NEWS & IMPORTANT INFORMATION
MEDICARE 2021 Open Enrollment – runs from Thursday, Oct. 15 through Monday, Dec. 7.
During this time, Medicare plan enrollees can reevaluate their coverage – whether it’s Original Medicare with supplemental drug coverage, or Medicare Advantage – and make changes or purchase new policies if they want to do so.
Open enrollment for Medicare coverage starts on Oct. 15; ending on Dec. 7th.
There are 2 main ways to get your Medicare coverage—Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) and Medicare Advantage.
2020 MEDICARE ENROLLMENT CALENDAR
New Changes for 2021
– Consult the “Medicare & You 2021” Booklet
A few changes to expect in your 2021 Medicare benefits include:
Lower out-of-pocket costs for insulin
If you join a Medicare drug plan that participates in the “Part D Senior Savings Model,” you could save hundreds of dollars each year in out-of-pocket costs for insulin. See page 84
Medicare Advantage & End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
If you have ESRD, you can join a Medicare Advantage Plan during Open Enrollment (October 15–December 7, 2020). Your plan coverage will start January 1, 2021. See page 59
Acupuncture for back pain
Medicare now covers up to 12 acupuncture visits in 90 days for chronic low back pain.
Telehealth & other virtual services
Telehealth benefits allow you to get medical or health services that generally occur in-person (like office visits and consultations) from a doctor or other health care provider who’s located elsewhere using real-time interactive audio and video technology. See page 48
Medicare also covers certain virtual services, like E-visits (see page 39) and Virtual check-ins. See page 50
Senior Health Insurance Program counselors are available to help you navigate through you benefits.