Every fall for more than a decade, American seniors have the opportunity to enroll in a health care program that truly delivers results: Medicare Part D. During Part D open enrollment, which began last week and runs through December 7th, our nation's seniors can choose from a myriad of available prescription coverage plans, picking one that will help them stay healthy in 2015 and for years to come.
No matter what your needs might be, there's a Medicare Part D plan for you. In fact, seniors all across the country can choose from an average of 37 different plans. And if you think the open enrollment period only benefits first-time enrollees in the Part D program, think again. Current beneficiaries can switch to another plan that may save them money or better suit their needs, and nearly 13% do so each year. Having options is important: nearly two-thirds of beneficiaries agree that the option to choose from numerous plans matters.
Aside from the wide variety of options Medicare Part D gives older Americans, the program works everyday to keep the parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles of our nation healthy. 67% of beneficiaries say they aren't sure if they could afford their prescriptions without the program, but that Part D helps them access the doctor-prescribed medications they need to stay healthier, longer. And the benefits of Part D don't stop there--95% of the 39 million Medicare beneficiaries say their Part D coverage gives them peace of mind because they know they'll have coverage when they need it most.
To learn more about which Part D plan will best suit your needs or the needs of a loved one next year, check out Medicare's official plan finder. Although 2015 may seem far away, it's never too early to start paving the way to a happy, healthy new year for yourself or a someone you care about.