December 01, 2014

Missouri Department of Insurance reminds seniors Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7

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 Sunday. 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

"As time is running out on open enrollment, I encourage seniors who haven't already enrolled in a plan for next year to immediately contact a CLAIM representative," said John M. Huff, director of the department.

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