Medicare Help Page

Welcome to the Medicare Help Page! 

This page is designed to provide guidance and resources for Medicare and Medicare related topics.

The Medicare Parts C and D Annual Enrollment Period runs from October 15th to December 7th every year.

Medicare Part C are Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Part D are prescription drug plans.

TIME TO REVIEW MEDICARE PART D PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLANS

Every year Medicare Part D plans can change the list of prescription medications they will cover. Now is the time to find out if your current plan will cost you more, or less than other Part D plans in 2021. An informative article with information on how to proceed is linked here: Medicare Part D Plan Review Information. The Bayfield County Elder Benefits Specialist has a Medicare Part D Screen Form with instructions to help you get organized. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!  Go to Medicare.gov to compare plans online or for local assistance call the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North- Bayfield County Branch at 1-866-663-3607.

BEWARE of covid-19 fraud

As the number of people and communities affected by the COVID-10 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it. Please read this Fraud Alert for more information, and to see what Medicare covers related to the coronavirus:

COVID-19 Fraud Alert

CANCELLED: Medicare 101 Informational Meetings in 2020

The previously scheduled in-person “Medicare 101” presentations have been cancelled for now. Benefit Specialist Marianne Johnson suggests watching the "Welcome to Medicare" video series (see link below). Additional help is available by calling Marianne at 715-373-6144, ext. 83355.

EDUCATIONAL MEDICARE VIDEOS AVAILABLE ONLINE

A six-part "Welcome to Medicare" video series is now available to view on the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR) website. Session topics include: enrollment in Medicare; Medicare basics; original Medicare and Medigap insurance; Medicare Advantage plans and other types of coverage; Medicare Part D, SeniorCare and the annual open enrollment period; and help for people with limited incomes (fraud prevention, review, and resources). Follow the link below to view the Medicare videos:

Welcome to Medicare Video Series from GWAAR