Open Enrollment and Advantage Plans, November, 2013

Q: I know it’s Open Enrollment, and I think I want to make changes to my Medicare Advantage Plan. How can I find out what plans are available for me and how much they’ll cost?

A: You can always call the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for help or to make an appointment to meet with one of our trained SHIP counselors for assistance.

Another great resource is the Medicare website, This website has a great search tool that allows you to find specific information within the site.

On the Medicare website, you will find the popular Medicare & You handbook. A quick way to find the information you’re looking for in this handbook is to search for specific topics. You can find the handbook at this link. You can even sign up to receive an email with a link to the handbook each time it is updated.


One of the most popular features of this time of year is the Plan Finder tool.

Whether you currently have a Part D Drug Plan, Medicare Advantage Plan, or Original Medicare, this online tool can help you compare your options side-by-side.

To get started, you will need to enter your:

  • zip code
  • name
  • Medicare number
  • effective for Part A date
  • date of birth

The results will show you a comparison of premiums, deductibles, and additional information for each plan that is available. It will also tell you how that plan is rated.

Once you have chosen a plan, you can enroll in that plan right from the website. Your new plan will begin January 1, 2014.

From, you can also sign up for Medicare, file an appeal or grievance, find suppliers of Home Medical Equipment, print important forms, and more.

Some of the other resources this website offers include:

You can also visit the SHIP website for Open Enrollment Events in your area, important phone numbers, and links to Medicare related resources at

If you have questions about your Part D Plan, Open Enrollment, or anything else related to Medicare contact SHIP for help. Call
1-800-452-4800, or visit You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.