Insurance Commissioner to kick off Medicare Part D annual enrollment events in Grand Forks

The North Dakota Insurance Department is sponsoring a Medicare Part D annual enrollment event Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sleep Inn & Suites, Minot. The event will provide individuals 65 and older with the opportunity to review, plan or shop for coverage options with the assistance of trained, volunteer counselors.

Open enrollment for Medicare health or prescription drug plans (Part D) runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. North Dakotans already enrolled in Medicare Part D also should review their current coverages during this time. Changes companies make to their plan’s 2018 list of approved medications and the tier assignments may be extremely costly if an individual does not review coverage.

Individuals needing assistance with enrolling in or managing their Medicare Part D coverage should come to the event with a list of medications, including dosages and frequency; a Medicare card (if applicable); and Medicare Part D prescription drug plan card (if applicable).

The State Health Insurance Counseling program will conduct the program, offering free, confidential assistance. Counselors are trained in all aspects of senior insurance issues, such as Medicare, Medicare part D and Medicare Advantage Plans. The SHIC program is administered by the insurance department’s Consumer Assistance Division.