Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period runs through Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch
Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period runs through Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can:
- Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa.
- Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, if you’re on original Medicare.
- Switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan.
The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program — part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner — is ready to help with all of these decisions. Due to the pandemic, your local SHIBA advisors will still provide one-on-one counseling appointments over the phone or through online video. However, some locations may also offer face-to-face counseling with extra precautions.
SHIBA provides free, unbiased and confidential help with Medicare and other health-care options to people of all ages and backgrounds across our state.
Medicare is not a one-size-fits-all program. Each person’s needs, situation and benefits are different — and that includes spouses who may have their own unique Medicare plan. So before you make a final decision, consider these tips:
- Plan costs and coverage can change every year, so review and keep all letters and notices your current plan sends you.
- List all of the current prescription drugs you take, the doses and how often. Then, use the Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov to compare Part D plans.
- Review the 2022 Medicare & You handbook you received in the mail.
- If you have questions, call SHIBA at 1-800-562-6900 before you sign up.
- Find an online SHIBA webinar at www.insurance.wa.gov/shiba.
To schedule your counseling appointment with a SHIBA volunteer, Monday through Friday:
- Find the phone number for the local SHIBA office near you at www.insurance.wa.gov/find-local-shiba-office