Open Medicare enrollment begins Oct. 15

Open enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans begins Friday, Oct. 15.

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program with the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) is available to help Oregonians understand Medicare options and benefits, provide enrollment guidance and answer any benefit-related questions.

Since these plans and coverage change each year, Oregonians enrolled in Medicare should evaluate plan options and make changes where needed.

Local SHIBA counselors are available to help and can be found by visiting or calling (800) 722-4134. To accommodate COVID-19 safety precautions, SHIBA counselors are providing telephone and limited in-person support.

SHIBA’s 2022 Oregon Guide to Medicare Insurance Plans is expected to be available on on or about Oct. 15.

Open enrollment for the 2022 Medicare plan year runs through Dec. 7.

For local information, contact the Sweet Home Community Center at (541) 367-4775.