With only one week remaining until the deadline for this year's Medicare Open Enrollment period, I want to encourage you and your family to review drug and health plan coverage options for 2013 for anyone on Medicare. Medicare beneficiaries will need to make their benefit elections for 2013 Medicare coverage by Friday, December 7.
In 2013, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, additional benefits for the 150,000 Medicare enrollees in Delaware include lower prescription drug costs through a 50 percent discount on covered brand name drugs in the coverage gap â€“ or "doughnut hole." Additionally, the health reform law provides for wellness checkups and access to certain preventive care with no copayments. As a result, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to get free preventive screenings for heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and other chronic conditions.
Beneficiaries should review the 2013 Medicare & You handbook before making benefit elections for 2013. It is accessible online at www.medicare.gov/publications/pubs/pdf/10050.pdf.
In addition, to protect against Medicare fraud and identity theft during the Open Enrollment Period, beneficiaries should treat their Medicare number as they do their Social Security number and credit card information. People with Medicare should never give their personal information to anyone arriving at their home uninvited or making unsolicited phone calls selling Medicare-related products or services. Beneficiaries who believe they are a victim of fraud or identity theft should contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit www.stopmedicarefraud.gov
For even more information on the Medicare open enrollment process, please click here.
I hope this information has been helpful for you and your family as we approach the deadline to select new Medicare plans for 2013. And as always, never hesitate to contact me if I can help you in any way.
With warm personal regards,
Senator Tom Carper