Richmond Times-Dispatch

Deadline approachin­g for Medicare Advantage plans

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EDITOR, TIMES-DISPATCH:

People with Medicare coverage have through Monday, Dec. 7, to select their Medicare Advantage or prescripti­on drug plan coverage for 2021. To ensure you have the right plan in place come Jan. 1, it’s important to focus on these three key topics:

♦ Navigating plan options during COVID-19. This year, you safely can access the resources you need to choose the best plan for you online or by phone. The Medicare Plan Finder is a great place to start.

♦ Doctors in network, prescripti­on drugs covered? As you connect with a licensed sales agent or research informatio­n online, remember to confirm which doctors and hospitals are in a plan’s network. A licensed sales agent can look up the medication­s you would like covered and help you estimate what the cost of each drug would be on a plan.

♦ New, innovative benefits. Beyond vision, hearing and dental coverage, look for fitness program benefits as many Medicare Advantage plans include them. SomeMedica­re Advantage plans offer benefits to help address the COVID-19 pandemic, including virtual doctor visits or home-delivered meals for members with a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Key resources are available, including licensed sales agents and websites such as: medicare.gov and www.humana. com/medicare. Call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800633-4227) (or TTY: 1-877-4862048) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or call Humana at 1-800-213-5286 (TTY: 711) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time seven days a week.

MIKE BOWERSOX, HUMANAMEDI­CARE PRESIDENT FOR VIRGINIA.

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