Medicare Election Period: Livestream, In-Person Sessions Available
A lot can change in a year. If there’s been a change in your health, finances or medical needs, you may need to change your Medicare coverage.
During the Medicare Annual Election Period, Medicare recipients can change existing health or drug plans, which may lower the cost of medical insurance, prescription drugs, and preventive care. Starting in 2021, many plans will also offer dental and vision coverage. Recipients may even be eligible for free over-the-counter medications, home health supplies, and meal delivery service. The annual election period ends Dec. 7, 2020.
Mercy wants you to have the best health coverage possible. To help you with the confusing process of selecting the right coverage for you, Mercy is hosting free informational sessions with licensed, independent insurance brokers who will:
- Evaluate your current coverage
- Discuss your current and future needs
- Present your options clearly and simply
- Review prescription medications
- Determine if you need vision or dental insurance
- Decide if you would like free over-the-counter medications and meal delivery service
- Help you choose the plan that gives you the best coverage at the lowest cost to you!
For your safety and convenience, we are offering both in-person and virtual sessions (phone or video). This means you can visit with an independent broker from the safety and comfort of your home and still have access to the expertise of our independent brokers. As always, all broker consultations are free and carry no obligation to buy any health insurance coverage. The only thing participants must do is register and select an appointment time that is convenient for them. Just go online to www.mercy.net/springfieldenroll.
There are also two livestream webinars available each month for those aging into Medicare. The next ones are set for Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. and Dec. 21, at 5:30 p.m. These will provide a high-level overview of the different coverages available through Medicare, such as Parts A and B, Medicare Advantage (Part C), and prescription drug programs (Part D). The webinars are also a great resource for those who are helping a loved one navigate their way through choosing the best plan. To sign up for these sessions, go online to www.mercy.net/springfieldmedicare.
“We know there are a lot of options out there, and it can be confusing to choose the one that’s best for you,” said Christina Dougherty, director of Managed Care for Mercy Springfield Communities. “Visiting with an independent broker is a great way to get free expert advice. They are here to help, and so is Mercy.”
Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, an 866-bed referral center; an orthopedic hospital; a rehab hospital; a children’s hospital; four regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, and Mountain View, Missouri; and Mercy Clinic, a physician clinic with nearly 700 doctors and locations throughout the region. It is part of Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems for four consecutive years (2016 to 2019) by IBM Watson Health, which serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 45,000 co-workers and 2,400 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy's IT division, Mercy Technology Services, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients from coast to coast.