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Poolman Reminds Seniors that Medicare Open Enrollment Starts November 15, 2006
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jim Poolman
November 15, 2006 701-328-2440


Bismarck, ND - Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman today reminded seniors that the open enrollment period for Medicare Part D starts on November 15 and runs until December 31, 2006.

Poolman said, "Now is the time for Medicare beneficiaries to review their Part D plan to make sure that they are getting the most out of their Medicare." Poolman added that seniors should think about:

  • COST: Check to see if your premium and other costs will change in 2007.
     
  • COVERAGE: Check to make sure that the prescriptions you are taking will still be covered by your plan in 2007. 
     
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE: Make sure you are satisfied with your plan's service.
People who did not sign up last year or people who have recently become Medicare eligible should also find out if a Part D plan will benefit them. Medicare beneficiaries who are satisfied with their current plan do not have to do anything to re-enroll. 

Anyone who needs information about Medicare Part D should call the Senior Health Insurance Counseling (SHIC) program at 1.888.575.6611 or call Medicare directly at 1-800-MEDICARE. 

The SHIC program will hold open enrollment events, statewide in November:

  • Bismarck - November 17 - west end/ground floor/State Capitol 
  • Grand Forks - November 20 - Hilton Garden Inn - Dahl Room
  • Fargo - November 21 - West Acres Mall - food court 
  • Minot - November 28 - Dakota Square Mall - food court
  • Williston - November 29 - Armory - 18 Main
  • Dickinson - November 30 - Prairie Hills Mall


All events are from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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