DPHSS: Open Enrollment for Medicare Part “D” Underway, Ends December 7

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Guam – The Department of Public Health and Social Services would like to announce that the annual enrollment period for Medicare’s prescription drug program, nationally known as Medicare Part D, is from October 15,  through December 7. During this period, beneficiaries may enroll in this voluntary prescription drug program or cancel their current plan if they are currently enrolled.

For 2012, only the Preferred Plan sold by United HealthCare is available for Medicare beneficiaries living on Guam.  The monthly premium rate for the Preferred Plan is $11.20, with an effective date of January 1, 2012 provided the beneficiary enrolls before or by December 7, 2011.  A Medicare beneficiary currently enrolled in United HealthCare’s Enhanced Plan will be automatically terminated from this plan on December 31, 2011, and enrolled into the Preferred Plan, unless a Medicare beneficiary takes action to terminate them self from the Enhanced Plan.

The Guam Medicare Assistance Program (Guam MAP) within the Division of Senior Citizens will be providing free informational presentations on the 2012 Part D Plan every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. from October 18, 2011 through December 6, 2011 at the Division of Senior Citizens office located at 130 University Drive, Suite 8, in Mangilao.

Medicare beneficiaries and their families interested in obtaining more information are encouraged to contact the Division of Senior Citizens at 735-7421.