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Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7th

Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7th

Open Enrollment is coming to a close soon. Every year Medicare gives you the opportunity to review your coverage and make changes. This year the Open Enrollment period is October 15 to December 7.

This is when people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2014. Information on 2014 plans has been available since the beginning of October. People with Medicare can call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov for plan information. If a person is satisfied that their current plan will meet their needs for next year, they don’t need to do anything.

What can you do during Open Enrollment?

From October 15 to December 7 you can

  • Join or switch a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
  • Join or switch a Medicare Advantage Plan

During this period you should take time to review health and drug plan choices and choose the plan that fits your needs. Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.

Each year, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Drug Plans can change costs and coverage. Plans will mail an Evidence of Coverage/Annual Notice of Change to you. This notice gives details about plan coverage, costs, etc for the next year. Some plans may choose to leave Medicare and no longer offer the plan you have, meaning you’ll have to find a new plan during Open Enrollment. If this is the case your plan would have mailed you a notice of non-renewal.

To learn more about available plans visit- Medicare Plan Finder on Medicare.gov

You can also:

  • Visit your plan‚Äôs website
  • Refer to the Medicare & You handbook
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
  • Or contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)¬† at 1-800-792-8820 or http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/home/sashipsite.html

On the run for a good cause

On the run for a good cause

There are many ways to get involved with causes that focus on non-profits in NJ. Working for one is one way.  But working for one and ‘running for one’ also works.  That is what Melissa Chalker did recently. Melissa, who usually writes this blog, has worked for the NJ Foundation for Aging for over five years.  Besides her normal routine, this year Melissa prepared to run a half marathon. She focused on Trenton’s  “Double Cross Half Marathon”. What a great way to see Trenton!  The run was also a fundraiser for selected charities and Melissa was able to earmark her running sponsorships to the NJ Foundation for Aging.

What a meaningful way to incorporate the passion of her work and the passion to run! We greatly appreciate her commitment, the sponsorship of her family, friend and colleagues.  We thought it would be great to share a few photos!  


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Melissa with her “Double Cross Trenton Half Marathon” Medal!