Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins People with Medicare can compare and choose new plans

October 10, 2014


ATLANTA – Americans have seven full weeks, starting Oct. 15, to select new Medicare plans or choose to stay with current coverage. During this year’s Medicare open enrollment period, which ends Dec. 7, the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services and the state’s Area Agencies on Aging will offer free one-on-one assistance and community education presentations to help Georgians make decisions about Medicare health and prescription drug plans.

GeorgiaCares, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), offers personalized counseling through the toll-free help line at 866-552-4464, Option 4. Consumers may also compare plans at, call 800-Medicare (800-633-4227) or visit to learn more.

“The information that GeorgiaCares specialists provide stands out in three ways: It’s unbiased, individualized, and free,” said Dr. J. Bulot, director of the DHS Division of Aging Services. 

People with Medicare can create personalized coverage solutions from options such as Original Medicare, “Part D” prescription drug plans, and comprehensive “Part C” Medicare Advantage plans.  Plan details may change, so beneficiaries should carefully review their current coverage annually.

GeorgiaCares SHIP certified counselors also assist with filling out applications for “Extra Help,” which covers costs associated with Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for financially eligible individuals. Online applications are available at or through the Social Security hotline at 800-772-1213 (TTY: 800-325-0778).

For more information about GeorgiaCares and other services available to older Georgians and their families, visit the DHS Division of Aging Services at or call (866) 552-4464 and select Option 4.

Contact Information: 
Media Contact : Ravae Graham 404-657-1384

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