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12/20/06

Medicare Enrollment Deadline Approaching

Representatives with the Medicare mobile charter bus helped East Texans Wednesday changing their benefits.

It's a reminder for folks out there, you have until December 31 to make any changes to your current benefits.

"If they're satisfied with their plan they don't have to do anything. Their coverage will just continue. But if they had a problem and they want to look at switching plans, we really improved our plan finder tool and there were counselors helping folks and going through it with them to see if there's another plan they might like better," says Steve McAdoo, Deputy Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Keep in mind, there is a small penalty for any changes you make to your benefits after December 31.

Until then, here are the three ways to sign up. 1.) Click here to visit Medicare's website. 2.) Call 1-800-MEDICARE, which provides help in English and Spanish. 3.) If you want help face-to-face, dial 211.  It will give you information on the local agencies you can go to in-person for help.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

 

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