Medicare website upgraded for open enrollment this month

CMS is upgrading the website for plan selection ahead of the Medicare open enrollment period.

The agency said the upgrades are designed to help beneficiaries more easily compare plan options and choose the one they prefer.

The changes, announced Oct. 1, include a questionnaire to help seniors decide between original Medicare or Medicare Advantage; an out-of-pocket cost calculator that will show estimated overall costs and prescription drug costs; a simplified log-in for the Medicare Plan Finder tool; and a webchat option.

The annual Medicare open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. According to CMS, about 10,000 people join Medicare daily.


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