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Medicare open enrollment chance to update coverage

Southwest public affairs officer for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Now's the time for Oklahomans with Medicare to check their health and drug coverage for 2018.

Medicare's open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

Open enrollment is the best time to make sure your health and drug plans still meet your individual needs, especially if you've had any changes in your health.

By now insurers should have notified you of any adjustments in your health or drug coverage or any changes in your out-of-pocket costs for next year.

Even if you've been satisfied with your health and drug coverage, you may benefit from reviewing all your options. Shopping around may save you money or improve your coverage.

Medicare Advantage remains a strong alternative for people who prefer to receive care through a private insurer rather than through Medicare's original fee-for-service program. Most plans include drug coverage.

The number of people buying Medicare Advantage plans is expected to grow by 9 percent to 20.4 million nationwide in 2018. Eighteen percent of Oklahomans with Medicare now opt to get their health care benefits this way.

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