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Beneficiary Protections when choosing Your Medicare Coverage
The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment season runs from January 1st to March 31st each year. If you are already enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan anytime between January 1st and March 31st of 2022, you are allowed to make a change to a new Medicare Advantage plan OR to drop your Medicare Advantage plan and switch to a stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.
During this period, you may see a number of advertisements and marketing efforts highlighting the benefits that many of these plans offer. In fact, Massachusetts has several new plans being offered to Medicare beneficiaries in 2022. While many of these plans offer good coverage and many new benefits, it’s extremely important that Medicare beneficiaries know the right questions to ask before making any changes to their current coverage.
Certified SHINE counselors are available at Councils on Aging and ASAPs across the state, and are able to assist you in making the right Medicare coverage decisions for your personal situation. This service is free and available year-round. SHINE counselors will make sure you are able to compare ALL of the insurance options available to you, not just a select few. Counselors are available in person, by phone, or for a virtual appointment on the web, whichever you prefer. We encourage you to call Mass Options at 1-800-243-4636 to find a SHINE counselor near you.