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Medicare Part D Enrollment Wrapping Up

By Metro Source

METRO SOURCE -- The enrollment period for Medicare Part D will wrap up on December 7th. Brian Padgett, with the Illinois Department of Insurance, encourages enrollees to sign up early so department employees can get all the information entered accurately and in time for the new year.  "They now have from December 8th until the end of the year to get everything in place, get names entered, get bills sent out, get coupons issued, to get everyone online and into the computer system.  So that January 1st when you go to fill that prescription, you're ready to rock", said Padgett.  

Current Medicare patients can keep their old plan or change to a new one. However, Padgett says even patients who decide to stick with their old plan should review the details. He says patients who don't double check the details could experience "premium creeping," which is a slight increase in plan costs from year to year. Some plans may also drop drug coverage for some of the medications the patient needs. Patients can plug their medications into a plan-finder at www.Medicare.gov, and that will show them which plans would work best. 

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