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Hamm reminds North Dakotans that Medicare annual enrollment coming up
BISMARCK, N.D.-North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm today reminded North Dakotans that the annual enrollment period for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage is right around the corner: 
Nov. 15 to Dec. 31, 2009.

"Seniors and other beneficiaries should review their drug plan to make sure it's the best option for 2010," Hamm said.

The Insurance Department's State Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIC) staff is traveling to 10 cities around the state during the annual enrollment period, offering free assistance in switching or enrolling in a Medicare prescription drug plan.

Eligible North Dakotans who are unable to attend an annual enrollment event can call 2-1-1. After answering a few questions, a customized comparison list of Part D plans will be sent to callers. Once a plan is chosen, joining is easy. Beneficiaries can:

• Enroll directly with the plan by calling the plan's toll-free number
• Call their insurance agent
• Go to www.medicare.gov or call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227
• Call RSVP at 701-258-5436 12:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
• Call SHIC at 1-888-575-6611

"It's important for beneficiaries to make sure their prescriptions are covered under the plan they choose for 2010 and that the plan is accepted by their preferred pharmacy," Hamm said. Beneficiaries who are satisfied with the plans they have do not have to do anything--they will be re-enrolled automatically.

For details on the annual enrollment events, call SHIC at 1-888-575-6611.

Click here for a schedule of annual enrollment events. 

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Bismarck, ND 58505-0320
Phone 701.328.2440
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