November 19, 2015

Time is running out, Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7

Missouri seniors, who have not enrolled, should contact CLAIM now

Jefferson City, Mo - The Missouri Department of Insurance is reminding Missourians that Medicare open enrollment ends on Dec. 7. To help consumers choose a plan that best meets their needs; the department offers assistance through the CLAIM program.

CLAIM provides Missourians on Medicare and their caregivers free and unbiased help from certified counselors. Seniors can ask questions by phone or arrange one-on-one counseling by calling 800-390-3330 or visiting missouriclaim.org.

"If you are a Medicare recipient and haven't enrolled yet for 2016, I strongly encourage you to contact a CLAIM representative now," said John M. Huff, director of the department. "Time is quickly running out to make plan selections for next year."

Counselors can answer questions about switching your Part D prescription drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans. CLAIM also can assist Missourians with limited income to determine whether they qualify for federal or state help in paying for prescription drugs. Medicare offers the Extra Help program, and the state offers the MoRx program.

Consumers with complaints or questions about insurance can call the department's Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or 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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