During Medicare’s Annual Election Period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to make changes to their Medicare Prescription Drug or Advantage plans. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program is available to provide free, unbiased help for Florida Medicare beneficiaries as they carefully evaluate their health care options.
The open enrollment period is a sensitive time for beneficiaries because several pieces of personal information are needed to compare and enroll in plans. SHINE counselors through the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging Inc. provide free, unbiased, and confidential insurance counseling and community education regarding Medicare options and prescription drug assistance for elders, their families, and caregivers.
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