The Missouri Department of Insurance is encouraging consumers who are eligible for Medicare to review their plan options and costs during this year’s open enrollment, which runs through December 7th. Director of Communications Chris Klein tells KZIM-KSIM that the state agency offers you assistance to choose a plan that best meets your needs, and it is funded by the department and Medicare. Missouri consumers can ask questions by phone or arrange one-on-one counseling by calling 800-390-3330 or visiting missouriclaim.org. Klein says the website also offers a list of free open enrollment events that CLAIM is hosting throughout Missouri. CLAIM also can assist those on limited income determine whether they qualify for federal or state help in paying for prescription drugs. Medicare offers the Extra Help program, and the state offers the MoRx program. He says to also remember that Medicare is not part of the federal health insurance marketplace (exchange) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the marketplace is not meant to serve people with Medicare.
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