Act Now on Medicare Part D



 

Medicare Open Enrollment Clinics

Free, unbiased information during the current Open Enrollment period for Medicare Advantage plans and  Medicare Part D will be given through Friday, December 7,  at the clinics below. An appointment is required unless designated as a drop-in clinic:

Mondays
Auburn Senior Center, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 253-931-3016

Redmond Senior Center, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 425-556-2314

Valley Medical Professional Center, (Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 3), 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.,   425-656-5318

Tuesdays
Drop-Ins, Senior Services, 9:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m., 2208 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Northshore Senior Center, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., 415-486-4565

Wednesdays
Ballard Senior Center, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m., 206-297-0403

Burien Community Center, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 206-988-3700
Shoreline Library, 1:00–4:00 p.m., 206-362-7550

North Bellevue Community Center, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 425-452-7681

Thursdays
Drop-Ins, Senior Services, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., 2208 2nd Avenue, Seattle

For more information, call SHIBA, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors Help Line at 206-727-6221 or 1-800-562-6900 or visit Senior Services' SHIBA webpage.



If you are currently enrolled in Medicare and are considering changes to your Medicare Part D plan, act now. The "open season" runs from October 15 to December 7.

The Medicare Part D prescription drug program is available to all Medicare beneficiaries to help with the cost of medications. Joining a Medicare prescription drug plan is voluntary, and participants pay an additional monthly premium for the coverage.

While all Medicare beneficiaries can participate in the prescription drug program, some people with limited income and resources also are eligible for Extra Help to pay for monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year.

Many people qualify for these big savings and don't know it. To figure out whether you are eligible for the Extra Help, Social Security needs to know your income and the value of any savings, investments, and real estate (other than the home you live in). To qualify, you must be receiving Medicare and have:

  • Income: Limited to $16,755 for an individual or $22,695 for a married couple living together. Even if your annual income is higher, you still may be able to get some help with monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. Some examples where your income may be higher include if you or your spouse:

o    Support other family members who live with you;
o    Have earnings from work; or
o    Live in Alaska or Hawaii; and

  • Resources: Limited to $13,070 for an individual or $26,120 for a married couple living together. Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds. We do not count your house or car as resources.

You can complete an easy-to-use online application for Extra Help at www.socialsecurity.gov. Click on "Medicare" on the top right side of the page. Then click on "Get Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs.

To apply by phone or have an application mailed to you, call Social Security at-1-800-772-1213 (TTY-1-800-325-0778), and ask for the Application for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020). Alternatively, go to your nearest Social Security office.

And if you would like more information about the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, visit www.medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY 1-877-486-2048). 

—Kirk Larson, Social Security Western Washington