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During Crisis, ND Seniors Urged to Carefully Consider Medicare Options

Budgeting for medication costs is a challenge for many older adults, and closely examining Medicare enrollment options could help them weather the current economic storm. (Adobe Stock)
Budgeting for medication costs is a challenge for many older adults, and closely examining Medicare enrollment options could help them weather the current economic storm. (Adobe Stock)
October 29, 2020

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Older Americans are getting reminders about the Medicare enrollment period, which is now underway.

But unlike other years, their renewal comes during a pandemic and related economic crisis. Eligible North Dakotans are urged to carefully consider what works for their budget.

Doreen Riedman, associate state director for community outreach of AARP North Dakota said many people who receive Medicare coverage are already living on a fixed income.

She added it's been a tough year for a lot of people, and looking to see if you can find savings on prescription drugs is worth the time.

"If it's $20 a month that you could be saving, or $200 a month you could be saving, all of that counts," Riedman suggested.

She noted changes are made to Medicare health and drug plans every year. And allowing your current options to carry over without double-checking them comes with the risk of possibly paying too much the following year.

Open enrollment runs through Dec. 7. About 134,000 North Dakotans receive Medicare coverage.

Riedman also warned groups like hers are getting more reports this year of scammers trying to take advantage of people during the enrollment period.

"There's lots of calls, and texts and emails coming in and asking for your Medicare card number, or your personal information. Do not give that out," Riedman cautioned.

She added people also should be aware of scammers offering gifts when discussing enrollment, advising anyone to avoid those offers and hang up.

On its website, the state Insurance Department has information on scheduling free counseling appointments that cover how to change your enrollment easily and safely.

Because of the pandemic, all these sessions are being done by phone. The number to call is 701-328-2440.

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Mike Moen, Public News Service - ND