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14 October 2011

Korman: Medicare patients face earlier deadlines for medical coverage this year

Free expert counseling coming to Warren and Montgomery Counties hosted by State Representative, Bart Korman.

Warrenton, Mo. – With medical costs rising every day, it’s more important than ever that Missourians on Medicare choose the prescription-drug plan that best fits their needs.

This year, the time for making changes – including signing up for new prescription-drug plans – comes earlier for people on Medicare. The open-enrollment period for Medicare Part D, the federal prescription-drug program, is from Oct. 15 to Nov. 7.

Those eligible for Medicare’s prescription drug program can get free expert help at an event later this month. State officials encourage Medicare patients to review their insurance options annually.

The free discussion will be:
10AM – 1 PM OCTOBER 26, 2011
912 SOUTH HWY 47

There are a limited number of spots at this enrollment session -- reservations are encouraged. Spaces can be reserved by calling CLAIM at 1-800-390-3330.

All Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for Part D coverage, but they must enroll first.

People enrolled in Part D still pay out-of-pocket costs for their prescriptions, but there is an additional program meant to help those who have trouble doing so. Called Extra Help, this program reduces prescription-drug costs for Medicare patients who meet low-income guidelines.

Many Medicare beneficiaries do not know about the program. Thousands of eligible Missourians are missing out on help paying for their prescription drugs, according to the federal government.


CLAIM has been Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program since 1993. As such, the program provides free Medicare counseling to Missourians though a toll-free helpline, 1-800-390-3330, and

The program is run by Primaris; administered by the Missouri Department of Insurance; and paid in part through a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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