For Seniors: Medicare Open Enrollment and You

Medicare Open Enrollment began on October 15, 2020. Lasting until December 7, this is a very important period as it allows seniors to sign up for, drop, and switch Medicare health and drug plans (part D) without paying a late enrollment penalty. Open enrollment can save you a lot of money, but you have to know how to make the best use of your time and options. Luckily, CRRL offers several ways to learn the basics quickly, and we have partnered with VirginiaNavigator, a nonprofit dedicated to providing essential health information to seniors online. In addition to connecting you to Medicare's own online guide to comparing plans, the library has take-away booklets with information on the open enrollment period at all our branches, as well as books on understanding the program's ins and outs. 

VirginiaNavigator: A Quick Guide to Open Enrollment

There are several parts of the VirginiaNavigator website that provide quick, basic information on Medicare open enrollment. First, go to 7 Things to Know About Medicare Open Enrollment, which explains how to get Original Medicare, what you can do during the open enrollment period, and what steps you can take if you miss it. Medicare Made Easy explains how Medicare’s age requirement works, how you can find a Medicare option you can afford, and what factors you should take into account while selecting a plan. COVID-19 And Medicare’s Expanded Telehealth Benefits details how Medicare is working to expand its use of remote services to handle the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. Compare Tools lists and links to the eight comparison tools available on the Medicare website and explains how you can use them to make informed health care decisions.

CRRL’s Guides to Medicare: Books and Booklets

Central Rappahannock Regional Library has recently received a stock of Medicare & You booklets that are free for visitors at all of our branches. You can make an appointment to come in and pick up one during scheduled hours. While you’re there, you may also want to pick up a book on Medicare that you can reserve from our list. We’ve specifically chosen books only issued after Medicare Part D was signed into law in 2003 so that the information should be up to date.

CRRL Picks: Medicare Guides

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A Local Option

Mary Washington Healthcare Advantage is a Medicare plan offered by one of our region’s hospital systems. Its detailed website explains how you can sign up and what benefits it offers. The plan can allow you to take care of your health care needs with this care provider efficiently and effectively.

Whatever your needs, CRRL will work to find you the information you require to make vital decisions during this open enrollment period. For more information about Medicare or any topic, contact us online or by phone with your questions, or make an appointment to visit one of our branches.