Only days left for Wyoming seniors to change Medicare drug plans
December 7 deadline looming
by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi
November 23, 2011
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is reminding Wyoming seniors that the deadline to change their Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan is only days away. After Dec. 7, seniors will not be able to switch plans. This is the first year the deadline is Dec.7 – every other year it has been Dec. 31 and seniors could look over their plans with their families over the holidays.
"Circumstances change, so it is important for seniors who already have plans to make sure their plan still meets their needs," said Enzi, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
There are 33 prescription drug plans available for seniors in Wyoming, and the lowest premium in 2012 is $15.10 a month.
"Medicare Part D seems to be working for a lot of Wyoming seniors. I like that the program is structured in a way that forces private plans to compete with each other to see how they can offer the best benefits at the lowest price. It is one of the only federal programs that keeps coming in under budget," Enzi said. "If the other parts of Medicare were run more like Part D, I believe the whole program would be in better financial shape and seniors would benefit from it more."
Enzi said seniors can get help by talking with the staff at their local senior centers, visiting www.Medicare.gov, or contacting the Wyoming State Health Insurance Information Program at 1-800-856-4398.