Open enrollment period under way for Medicare
PIERRE -- The open enrollment period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans is Oct. 15-Dec. 7.
"One of the things we want people to know is that if they have a Medicare Advantage plan the only time they can make changes to their plans is Oct. 15-Dec. 7, 2012," said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, secretary for the South Dakota Department of Social Services. "All Medicare recipients should take this time to review their current plans."
Medicare Advantage is a health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide Part A and Part B coverage (hospital, skilled nursing, home health, hospice, doctors' care and other outpatient services).
Medicare Part D offers prescription drug coverage for all people with Medicare; the drug coverage includes both brand name and generic drugs.