Open enrollment for Medicare Part D coverage is Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Medicare recipients have a chance to make changes in prescription drug coverage for 2018. Those who have Part D coverage don’t need to sign up for Medicare each year. However, each year open enrollment provides the opportunity to review coverage and change plans.

The Phillips County office of East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging will provide unbiased, trained counselors to review plans from the beginning of October thru Dec. 6. Appointments are necessary and available Monday or Wednesday mornings at 8:30, 9:30, or 10:30 a.m. and afternoons at 1 p.m. There is no charge for this service.

Medicare Part D is a prescription drug insurance plan that provides beneficiaries with prescription drug benefits, such as discounted medicine and durable medical equipment. To receive prescription benefits the plan holder must pay a monthly premium and/or deductible to ensure continued coverage. Failure to pay results in an interruption of coverage. Prescription costs vary by plan but provide comparable discounts and prescription options to other employer and union insurance plans. Not every plan will cover the same drugs, so each applicant must search current medications for coverage under the Medicare Part D plan available.

The Agency office is located at 617 Walnut, Rm. 204, Helena. Phillips County residents should call 870-633-5327, for an appointment.