Seniors insured under
This enrollment period, there are fewer stand-alone prescription drug plans and
As of March, there were about 3,600 seniors in
When an individual chooses to go with traditional
"It's important to read through plans and make sure all drugs needed are on that plan," Cheevers said.
For those with health coverage under
Both of the monthly premiums for
"For those making new choices, it can be difficult to choose," Jacobson said.
While looking through different health plans, Jacobson advises people to look at the costs for services, the network of doctors and extra benefits offered, such as eye and dental coverage.
The cost and terms of the doctors or hospitals an individual has access to can change, Cheevers said, and it's important individuals make sure they have access and coverage of the physicians they need.
There isn't one "overriding reason" for fewer health coverage options, Jacobson said, because the decisions are made by the companies.
Individuals can go to www.medicare.gov to review or enroll in a health plan in their area, including costs and coverage on prescription drugs. For assistance or counseling on health coverage plans, individuals can contact the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program at cahealthadvocates.org/hicap or call 800-434-0222.
For round-the-clock assistance on coverage options, available in different languages, individuals can call 800-
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