REDLANDS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Seniors who are on Medicare have some important choices to make before the end of the year. As a community service, Beaver Medical Group is sponsoring free seminars to help them make critical decisions about their health care in 2011.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has eliminated the “open enrollment period” that was previously offered from January through March. That means seniors must lock in their Medicare coverage choice for 2011 during the upcoming annual enrollment period, from November 15 to December 31. Whatever coverage they select will remain in place for all of 2011, so seniors need to be sure they do their homework before selecting their coverage.
In order to help seniors select the best coverage option for them, Beaver Medical Group is again offering free Medicare Plan Comparison Seminars. Unbiased insurance representatives can help seniors review and compare the benefits of available Medicare plans, check prescription coverage and cost, and find the plan that saves them the most money. Participants will also learn about the Medicare plans accepted at Beaver Medical Group.
In addition, the seminars will provide information on other changes to Medicare that health care reform will bring in 2011 and beyond. Seniors will learn about future cost savings on premiums and coinsurance, new benefits such as free preventive care and better chronic care, and more affordable prescription drugs.
“Seniors have many coverage options, including Medicare Advantage plans, traditional Medicare, supplemental plans and prescription coverage plans,” notes Marianne Baldwin, Director of Communications at Beaver Medical Group. “Unfortunately, seniors are often inundated during annual enrollment with marketing materials and hefty packets of information that can be overwhelming and confusing. We offer the Medicare plan comparison service to help seniors cut through the marketing hype and find the plan with the best benefits for them.”
In addition to the Medicare Plan Comparison Seminars, seniors can schedule individual appointments during which representatives can check to see if a senior’s prescriptions are covered, help them calculate the cost of prescriptions under various plans, and enroll them in the Medicare plan of their choice. Sales materials and applications will be available at every meeting for those who wish enroll right away.
Seminars are open to all seniors at no cost or obligation and will be held in Banning, Redlands, Yucaipa, San Jacinto, Highland and Colton from November 1st to December 13th. Seminar times and locations are available at Beaver Medical Group’s website, www.beavermedicalgroup.com. Because of the popularity of this event, early registration is essential. Seniors may attend a Medicare Plan Comparison Seminar or request an individual appointment. To make a seminar reservation or arrange an individual appointment, call the Beaver Medical Group Patient Liaison at (909) 478-5112 or (951) 849-3334.
Beaver Medical Group
Marianne Baldwin, 909-793-3311
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