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.

        For an introduction to Medicare, follow the link to the:  Medicare basics information sheet

time to review your medicare plan

Do you have a Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) plan?  Every year Medicare Part D plans can change the list of prescription medications they will cover.  That means even if you are taking the same medications, the amount you pay for your medications may change in 2022!  The plans’ premiums, deductibles, and co-pays can also change each year.

What can people do about this?  All Medicare beneficiaries should check their Part D coverage each year during Medicare’s annual open enrollment period which runs October 15 through December 7th.  This is the time of year to find out if your current plan will cost you more, or less than other Part D plans in 2022.  If it is no longer the best plan for your medications, this is the time to make a switch to a Part D plan that will suit you better.  

Make sure you will have appropriate prescription drug coverage in the new year.  You can compare plans on the official Medicare website at www.medicare.gov. Medicare beneficiaries in Bayfield County can also receive free, unbiased assistance with plan comparisons from the Elder Benefits Specialist at the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North- Bayfield County Branch at 1-866-663-3607. 

Start preparing early this year.  The Bayfield County Elder Benefits Specialist has a 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 Disabilities Resource Center of the North- Bayfield County Branch at 1-866-663-3607.

Assistance is also available through the following resources:

  • 1-800-MEDICARE or www.medicare.gov
  • Medigap helpline  1-800-242-1060
  • Disability Drug Helpline  1-800-926-4862  (if under age 60)
  • Wisconsin Medigap Prescription Drug Helpline   1-855-677-2783

 MEDICARE 101 VIRTUAL INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS IN 2021

The Bayfield County Elder Benefits Specialist, Marianne Johnson will be offering “Medicare 101” presentations for those who are approaching age 65 or who will soon be on Medicare.  These presentations will introduce attendees to the basics of Medicare, as well as give you the information you need to know before making decisions about enrolling in Medicare.  Information provided will help you understand what Medicare options would best suit your needs. Follow this link for more information and schedule:

             Medicare 101 Virtual Informational Meetings in 2021

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

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:

Medicare Video Series from GWAAR