The next sign-up window for Medicare Part D begins a week from tomorrow, and experts advise you to examine your plan if you are already enrolled. Many who have been enrolled in a plan for a number of years may automatically renew without doing any research, assuming all will be fine. These people, according to the Illinois Department of Insurance's Brian Padgett, can subject themselves to increases in the cost of their coverage called "premium creep."
Padgett says you can find out which plan best fits your needs by going to any one of a number of Senior Health Insurance Program volunteer sites across the area, or by giving them a call. The toll free number at the Illinois Department of Insurance is 1-800-548-9034, if you have questions about your plan. This year, enrollment in Part D will run from October 15 through December 7.