Open Medicare Enrollment Begins October 15

It’s Medicare open enrollment season, the time of year when seniors can view their prescription plans or view Medicare Advantage plans available next year.

Between October 15 and December 7, people using original Medicare and a prescription drug plan should make sure they will be enrolled in the least expensive drug plan (part D) for next year. Next year there will be 24 prescription drug plans in Nebraska, with premiums ranging from $4.70 to more than $100 per month. And every year, drug plans can change the cost of drugs and their preferred retail pharmacies.

You can use a calculator available on to determine which plan is best for the next year. You can also call Nebraska SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) to schedule an appointment to help you find the best drug plan for your needs during open enrollment.

Medicare Advantage plans may change from year to year. Seniors should therefore check with their insurance agent or SHIP staff and volunteers to determine the best plan for them for 2023. People with original health insurance and a supplement can also upgrade to an Advantage plan. during this open registration period.

You can reach Nebraska SHIP, a state-run and federally funded program, by calling 402-471-2841.

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