Annual election period for Medicare Part D open through December 7

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services has announced that the Annual Election Period for the 2021 Medicare drug plans, nationally known as Medicare Part D, began October 15, 2020 and will end on December 7, 2020.

Plan costs and covered benefits can change from year to year. Throughout this period, Medicare beneficiaries may enroll in a drug plan, switch to a new drug plan or terminate from this voluntary prescription drug program.

People with Medicare should look at their coverage choices and decide the options that best fits their health needs. They can visit Medicare.gov (http://www.medicare.gov), call 1-800-MEDICARE, or contact the Guam Medicare Assistance Program (Guam MAP) to learn about the prescription drug plans available for 2021.

For those Medicare beneficiaries who do not wish to change their current coverage, you do not need to re-enroll.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guam Division of Senior Citizens office is closed for in-person service. Services are available via phone, fax and mail. The Senior Medicare Patrol and Senior Health Insurance Assistance Programs is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by phone appointments from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. through December 7, 2020 for Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D.

For more information about Medicare, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website at www.medicare.gov. Call: 1-800-MEDICARE or 1-800- 633-4227 to register over the phone or contact the Guam Medicare Assistance Program (Guam MAP) within the Division of Senior Citizens at (671) 735-7421 or (671) 735-7415 or email Biba.SeniorCitizens@dphss.guam.gov.

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