Medicare Gets Some Altering




When this year’s Medicare enrollment starts Saturday — a month earlier than usual — beneficiaries can expect to see additional benefits, some slightly higher premium costs and a continuation of reduced prescription drug “doughnut hole” expenses. Remember enrollment period concludes Dec. 7

Some highlights of this year’s enrollment:

 Starting in 2012, the federal health reform law requires Medicare Advantage plans to offer wellness visits and other preventative health care that require no co-payment from beneficiaries.

 The 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs in the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” continues from this year. The term refers to drug costs between $2,830 and $6,440, which beneficiaries must pay out-of-pocket. About 300,000 Floridians fall into this coverage gap.

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