Medicare beneficiaries should compare their Part D plan every year to be sure they’re enrolled in the one that’s best for them since companies often make changes to the plans they offer.
The N.D. Insurance Department’s State Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIC) staff is traveling to seven cities around the state during the open enrollment period, offering free assistance in switching or enrolling in a Medicare prescription drug plan. If you will be attending an event and have been given a yellow drug retrieval card, please bring it to the event for expedited service. Consumers also need to bring a list of their medications, including dosages and frequency.
Here is the schedule for the enrollment events, all of which begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.
- Bismarck, Oct. 16, Ramada Hotel (formerly the Doublewood), Heritage Ballroom, 1400 E. Interchange Ave.
- Valley City, Oct. 23, Senior Center, 139 2nd Ave. SE
- Jamestown, Oct. 24, James River Senior Center at The Legacy Place, 419 5th St. NE
- Grand Forks, Oct. 29, Guest House, 710 1st Ave. N
- Fargo, Oct. 30, Doublewood Inn, Woodland North and East, 3333 13th Ave. S
- Minot, Nov. 5, Grand Hotel, Viking-Norse Rooms, 1505 N. Broadway
- Dickinson, Nov. 7, Dickinson State University, Biesiot Activities Center, 398 State Ave.
North Dakotans who are unable to attend a Part D enrollment event have two other options:
- Call 2-1-1 by Nov. 22 from anywhere in North Dakota. Have your medication information ready. The top three plan choices will be mailed to you by the Insurance Dept.
- Visit www.medicare.gov and enter your information in the Plan Finder tool. On the homepage, click the yellow button labeled “find health and drug plans.”
Another open enrollment period – for the new federal Marketplace under health care reform – began Oct. 1. The enrollment period for the Marketplace is unrelated to the Part D enrollment period. Medicare is not part of health care reform and people in Medicare do not need to take any action regarding the Marketplace.
If you have questions or want more information about the enrollment events, call SHIC at 1-888-575-6611 or visit www.nd.gov/ndins.