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MEDICARE Open enrollment ends on Dec. 7

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is reminding consumers the annual open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.

Any new coverage selected takes effect Jan. 1, 2021.

During open enrollment, new Medicare beneficiaries can sign up for Medicare prescription drug coverage and health plans to complement Medicare and current Medicare beneficiaries can review and join, switch or drop Medicare Advantage or prescription drug coverage so it better meets their needs.

APPRISE volunteer counselors receive free training about Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, Medicare prescription drug coverage, appeals, fraud, abuse and more.

To learn more about the APPRISE program or becoming a volunteer, go to https://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/medicare-counseling/Pages/default.aspx or to find an open enrollment event in your area call the APPRISE Helpline at 1-800-783-7067.

Medicare beneficiaries can complete their own plan comparisons by using the Medicare plan finder tool or calling 1-800-MEDICARE.