Is Quality Health Care on Your Holiday Wish List?

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The holiday season is in full swing! Americans will spend the next few weeks traveling, visiting family and buying gifts. Many of us kicked off the holiday shopping spree on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but there's another sale I think you should know about: Medicare's Open Enrollment Period.

Why should you add Medicare to your list this year?

Medicare coverage allows millions of Americans to maintain a healthy lifestyle well into their later years. The program, which turned 50 just a few months ago, has several components that cover important aspects of quality care, from in-patient procedures to emergency room visits and prescription medications.

From October 15th to December 7th, a time known as Open Enrollment Period, people new to Medicare or those who have recently become eligible can sign up for a Medicare plan (if they haven't already done so during Initial Enrollment, Special Enrollment, or General Enrollment). Current Medicare enrollees can also get in on the action by changing their existing plans for next year.

Medicare's Prescription Drug Benefit, Part D, is especially popular during Open Enrollment. Part D provides a convenient and affordable avenue to better care for the many American seniors who depend on prescription medicines to treat chronic ailments or serious disease.

Today, more than 800 comprehensive Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) span the country to cover senior's prescription needs from Napa to New York, Dallas to the Dakotas and everywhere in between. During Open Enrollment, all Medicare recipients can enroll in a Part D plan to supplement their coverage.

The seven weeks of Open Enrollment ends this Monday, December 7th. If you're eligible to enroll and have affordable quality health care on your holiday wish list, you should take part before it's too late! If you're interested, visit the Social Security Administration's website today.