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How to Choose a Medicare Part D Prescription Plan

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Updated October 31, 2012

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How to Choose a Medicare Part D Prescription Plan
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Most people with arthritis are prescribed medication as part of their treatment regimen. Some people take several prescription drugs to tame their arthritis symptoms and slow progression of the disease. Some of the drugs can be quite expensive, especially for those without prescription coverage through their insurance provider. For those who receive Medicare benefits because they are disabled or elderly, there are Medicare Part D prescription plans available.

Each year, the open enrollment period for Medicare and Medicare Part D runs from mid-October to early December. For 2013 plans, open enrollment started October 15, 2012 and ends on December 7, 2012. You may be wondering why you need to know this if you already have a Medicare plan. Each year, your options change. You can keep what you already have, but you should review your options annually -- especially your Medicare Part D prescription plan options.

You have likely received mailers from various insurance companies trying to lure you to sign up for their plan. Don't you wish you had one place to go where you could compare all of your options? Actually, you do.

At medicare.gov, there is a Medicare Plan Finder. We'll show you how to use the Medicare Plan Finder, and in the end, utilize the information it generates.

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