San Jose, October 15, 2017: Open Enrollment for Medicare begins today. This year, Medicare beneficiaries should expect to see shifts in Medicare part B premium brackets, increased coverage for diabetes prevention, and a slight drop in the average monthly premiums to Part D among others, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

To educate Santa Clara County residents on these changes and to help individuals understand their options, the Sourcewise Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program will be presenting “Medicare Plan Changes and Updates 2018” at eight locations in Santa Clara County. Access accurate, unbiased information from a state-certified counselor. 

Sourcewise Medicare Presentations 2017

“Medicare can be complicated and the cost of benefits changes from year to year. It is important that individuals have a clear picture of updates and changes during this enrollment period because it can affect their health coverage options and costs throughout the year,” said Connie Corrales, Director of the Sourcewise Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program for the past 9 years. 

During the open enrollment period, the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program of Sourcewise reminds Medicare recipients to be vigilant of fraud and identity theft. Individuals should never share Medicare card information with unsolicited callers. 
Important dates for 2017 enrollment:

October 15, 2017: Open Enrollment begins
December 7, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change plans 
January 1, 2018: Changes to your plan take effect

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Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.