Medicare Open Enrollment closes December 7. It’s not just for those entering the system for the first time.

“Actually, it’s for people who are already enrolled,” said Julie Brookhart with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “They can, at this time of year every year, make a change to the way they receive their Medicare.”

The best way to find out what’s best for you is to talk to someone with the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas program.

“In Kansas, the number is 1-800-860-5260,” said Brookhart. “This is a grant-funded program. They are unbiased. They are not insurance agents or brokers and they are a free service.”

There are many new plans each year, so a yearly checkup to be sure your plan is the right fit for you is important.

“Over a year, your needs might change,” said Brookhart. “You might stop taking a prescription drug or you might add on a prescription drug. You want to make sure that you’re in a plan that is most cost-
effective for you and also lets you go to the doctors that you want to go to.”

Changes made on or before December 7 will be effective in January 2020.