October 15th marks the beginning of the Medicare Open Enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries across the state of New York. The Open Enrollment period is the best opportunity for current and potential Medicare beneficiaries to find coverage or change their plan based on their health needs. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement:
“Open Enrollment is the best time to get on Medicare or make changes to your plan or prescription drug coverage. Every current and eligible Medicare beneficiary across the Hudson Valley should take advantage of the Open Enrollment period before it closes on December 7th. Don’t know where to start or need to change your plan? Contact my office in Newburgh to get connected to the help you need to stay healthy in 2020 and beyond,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
New Yorkers can sign up for Medicare or make changes to their plans by visiting www.medicare.gov. Rep. Maloney’s talented caseworkers can also help individuals and families in the Hudson Valley navigate the Medicare Open Enrollment period or connect them to a trained Medicare Navigator in a community near them. New Yorkers living in the 18th Congressional District are encouraged to call Rep. Maloney’s Newburgh office: 845-561-1259, or visit www.seanmaloney.house.gov to send an email.
Over 3.6 million New Yorkers enrolled in Medicare plans in 2018. Medicare is generally available for people ages 65+, younger people with disabilities, people with some end-stage diseases, and people with Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
The Medicare Open Enrollment period can bring an uptick of Medicare-related scams from con artists and bad actors. New Yorkers should be smart about who they share personal identifying information with and are reminded that Medicare will never contact current or prospective beneficiaries for their Medicare Number or other personal information unless given permission in advance. Medicare will also never call to sell a plan, product or device, or visit a beneficiary at their home. New Yorkers can report suspicious behavior by calling 1-800-MEDICARE.
The Open Enrollment period for the 2020 Marketplace (Affordable Care Act healthcare plans) runs November 1-December 15, 2019.