By Jim Anderson
SPRINGFIELD - It’s election season, but this election doesn’t involve politicians.
Today is the start of the 2013 election period for Medicare prescription drug beneficiaries, and while the barrage of options that existed when the program began in 2005 has subsided, there are still 28 plans being offered in Illinois. However, not all Illinoisans in the program have 28 options; some of the plans are regional.
“Even though there are fewer choices and there’s less complexity in the market in terms of how many choices are available - that certainly has been streamlined - it’s still a good practice to engage experts wherever you can to help you in navigating what is still a complex system,” says David Goodson, vice president of Medicare contracting for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois.
Goodson says even those who are happy should examine their plans for changes. Beneficiaries should examine the monthly premium, the drugs offered, the co-pay and deductible, and the provider network to determine which plan will work for them.
Help is available at www.Medicare.gov.
Enrollment runs through Dec. 7.