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Time to Check Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

Sign up is now underway for changes to Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. (
Sign up is now underway for changes to Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. (
November 7, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Now is the time for senior citizens to review their Medicare Part D coverage and make changes as necessary.

Medicare Part D provides prescription drug benefits to those who qualify. Erik Gaikowski, director of AARP South Dakota, said this open enrollment period is a good time to double check your plans.

"You definitely want to check out your options - what you can change, what you can't change, Gaikowski said. "AARP recommends people really consider what we call the four 'Cs': cost of plans, the coverage, the convenience of what those services provide, and then customer service."

Open enrollment continues through December 7.

According to Gaikowski, there are a number of good resources people can check for more information.

"I would definitely encourage folks to check out our website:,” he said. “There's a plethora of information on Medicare and your options that are available to you across the state and across the nation."

Gaikowski said costs and coverage of prescription plans change every year, so people should take the time and do their research.

"Those coverages change, those plans change so much, you definitely want to look at cost and coverage,” Gaikowski said. “Those are probably the two biggest of the 'Cs' - how much is it going to cost you on a monthly premium, and really what those coverages mean for your certain prescription."

Information also is available at, and from the SD SHIINE program at

Jerry Oster, Public News Service - SD