Now is time to shop for Medicare deal
Enrollment period for coverage changes runs through Dec. 7
If you’re a Texan with Medicare, now is the time to check your health and drug coverage for 2019. Medicare’s open enrollment period runs until Dec. 7.
If you’re a Texan with Medicare, now is the period time runs for to until check 2019. Dec. your Medicare’s 7. health open and drug enrollment coverage Texans program in Medicare’s who want traditional to add or change fee-for-service their prescription drug coverage can choose from 27 drug plans with monthly premiums ranging from $10.40 to $140.10 — about the same premium range as a year ago. Nationally, the average premium for a basic drug plan in 2019 will drop by $1.09 to $32.50 per month.
Medicare Advantage remains a popular alternative for people who prefer to receive care through a private insurer rather than through Medicare’s original fee-for-service program. Most plans include drug coverage. Many of the health plans charge a separate premium on top of the Part B premium that beneficiaries pay for Medicare’s medical insurance.
Nationally, the average monthly cost for that Medicare Advantage premium will be $28 in 2019 — $1.81 less than this year.
Medicare’s website, medicare.gov, has the best tool for narrowing the search for a new health or drug plan. Just click on “Find Health and Drug Plans.” Help is also available at Medicare’s toll-free line at 1-800-633-4227.
Any changes that you make in your Medicare health and drug coverage will take effect on Jan. 1.