By now, more than 60 million Medicare beneficiaries are in the thick of Medicare’s annual election period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. During this period, beneficiaries can modify their Medicare health or drug coverage for the coming year.
They will have received their annual notice of change and evidence of coverage documents, and might even have read through Medicare & You 2024, the official U.S. government 130-page handbook, and used Medicare’s Plan Compare tool to search for a Medicare plan that meets their needs. Read: Watch for this mail from Medicare. Missing out could cost you money and hurt your healthcare coverage. But even if they’ve done all that, selecting the best plan can be an overwhelming task. So for Medicare beneficiaries who need help during the annual election period there are at least six places to turn. Read: What to Know about the Medicare Open Enrollment Period and Medicare Coverage Options.
During Medicare’s annual election period, people can call Medicare directly 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-633-4227 to receive assistance in comparing Medicare Advantage, Part D, and Medigap plans. The representatives at Medicare can help answer questions about coverage, claims, payments, and more, in both English and Spanish as well as language support in over 200 additional languages. Beneficiaries can also use Medicare’s Plan Compare, which allows people to compare options for health and drug coverage. Medicare’s Plan Compare tool has been updated with the 202 …