Haywood SHIIP prepares for Medicare open enrollment

By Haywood Community Connections | Oct 07, 2013

Medicare open enrollment for prescription plans and advantage plans begins Tuesday, Oct. 15 and will continue through Saturday, Dec. 7. The Haywood County Volunteer Center serves as the North Carolina Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (N.C. SHIIP) counseling site for Haywood County.

Volunteers will help with non-bias information about prescription plans and advantage plans in Haywood County. It is important to remember premiums and drug formularies for prescriptions plans change and prescriptions may have changed too. N.C. SHIIP suggests you check your plan each year to make sure it is providing you with the service you need.

N.C. SHIIP continues to look for people in our community that would benefit from the Extra Help Program. The Extra Help Program, or the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), helps qualified Medicare recipients pay for their Medicare prescription drug program costs, such as premiums, deductibles and coinsurance.

Consider that any level of assistance provides the elimination of a Part D coverage gap (donut hole); the opportunity to change prescription drug plans at any time; a reduced Part D deductible; a reduced Part D copay; a reduced cost of the drugs; and elimination of a late enrollment penalty if, when you apply for LIS, you haven’t already signed up for a Part D plan.

Eligibility income levels for individuals is $1,436.25 per month with assets less than $13,300; married, $1,938.75 with assets less than $26,580.

N.C. SHIIP volunteers are prepared to assist you during open enrollment or any time of the year you have questions about Medicare or you become eligible for Medicare.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call John at the Haywood Volunteer Center at 356-2833. The volunteer center is located at the Senior Resource Center at 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville.