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December 16, 2010

State insurance department: two weeks left for Medicare open enrollment

Jefferson City, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Insurance is reminding Missourians with questions about Medicare prescription drug plans that they have two weeks left in the 2010 open enrollment period. To help consumers answer those questions, the department offers a free counseling program, which can be accessed by phone or in person.

The program, known as CLAIM, has so far assisted more than 6,000 Missourians by phone and in person since Nov. 1. Open enrollment runs from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. CLAIM, funded by the Department of Insurance and Medicare, offers free, expert assistance to Missourians on Medicare or their loved ones.

CLAIM has also hosted nearly 100 open enrollment events across Missouri this year. Among the consumers helped at these events:

I strongly encourage Missouri consumers with Medicare to take advantage of the free services offered by the CLAIM program, said John M. Huff, director of the Missouri Department of Insurance. Expert counselors will help you find the best plan for your needs, and no one will try to sell you anything.

Consumers can call CLAIM at 800-390-3330 with questions or to set up an appointment. They can also visit insurance.mo.gov.

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department's seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

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