Medicare Beneficiaries Face New Changes In 2023
By Eileen Doherty, MS ~
Denver, Colo. – It is Medicare Open Enrollment season again! Starting October 1, 2022, Medicare beneficiaries find themselves swamped with mailings, phone calls, invitations by insurance agents to attend educational programs, 60-second television ads endorsing Medicare products by well-known movie stars, and full-page newspaper ads promising benefits that sound too good to be true.
Mission-driven, the Colorado Gerontological Society is offering our Medicare Monday educational sessions covering 2023 Medicare Changes. Additionally, there will be New to Medicare sessions to help individuals turning 65 in 2023 or leaving the workplace and needing to enroll in Medicare. 2023 Medicare Changes and New to Medicare educational sessions will be available in-person and on zoom starting October 17 and running through November 14. See our ad for a list of locations, dates and times.
Medicare beneficiaries are going to face decisions about prescription drug coverage with possible higher co-pays, deductibles and loss of coverage. Other changes include premiums which are expected to stay stable, however, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance are expected to increase.
Some Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, specifically in the Denver area, are losing coverage and will be forced to find a new plan, new doctors, and other providers.
Wednesday Lunch and Learns will take an in-depth look at Medicare topics. For five weeks, starting October 19, Eileen Doherty will lead zoom discussions on Prescription Drugs, Choosing Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplements, Inflation Reduction Act Consumer Protections, Coordinating Medicare Benefits with Employer Group Plans, and Who Pays for Durable Medical Equipment.
Counselors will provide individual counseling sessions to help with decisions on enrollment, benefits and coverage.
Prescription drug counseling is available in partnership with University of Colorado School of Pharmacy students who will review medication management, drug-drug interactions, and look for ways to save money on annual costs.
Educational sessions and counseling will be available in English and Spanish. Sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested for in-person sessions at 303-333-3482, 1-866-294-3971 (toll free) or 1-855-880-4477 (Spanish). To register for zoom sessions, visit www.senioranswers.org.
Eileen Doherty, MS is the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society. Her areas of expertise include management and administration of nonprofit organizations, education and training on issues related to older adults, advocacy and policy development on senior issues, and clinical practice in working with seniors and families to manage their lives in the later years. She has been the Director of the Society since 1982. She teaches Nonprofit Management for Fort Hays State University.