SHIIP Counselors Offer Virtual Help with Medicare Questions

The annual Medicare open enrollment period is from Thursday, Oct. 15 through Monday, Dec. 7. During this time, participants have the option of changing to a different prescription plan for 2021.

Each year, Medicare prescription drug plans are revised. With these changes:

  • Monthly premiums, deductibles or copay amounts may change.
  • There may be drug restrictions.
  • Medications may no longer be covered because of formulary changes.

It is possible that existing plans may not be the best plan for next year.

How to do a drug plan comparison

Because of COVID-19, Great River Medical Center’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) office won’t be providing in-person appointments. Here are options for doing a drug plan comparison:

  • Log on to your www.mymedicare.gov account using the username and password you created. If you have not yet created an account, it is easy to do. Your prescriptions and drug plan information are stored in the system and you can run a comparison by following the steps on the website.
  • Call 800-Medicare 800-633-4227. Medicare staff will help you by telephone.
  • Schedule a telephone appointment with a Great River Medical Center SHIIP counselor. Call 319-768-3342.