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Seniors Face Important Insurance Decisions As Medicare Enrollment Begins Sunday

Although many beneficiaries opt to stay in the same plans, experts say it is important to check out the options.

Tampa Bay Times: Navigating Medicare Enrollment: What You Need To Know For 2018
Florida is one of the biggest players in Medicare, with more than 2.4 million people enrolled, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. While most enrollees tend to stick with the plans they know and have used before, there are some subtle changes to Medicare Advantage plans this year that could affect some benefits. For the most part, though, it seems that those changes are slight ones — with some reduced and rising premiums and some expanded coverage. However, any change could mean some doctors may no longer be part of the network, or specific prescription medication may become more expensive or not be covered at all. (Griffin, 10/12)

Dallas Morning News: It Pays To Shop For The Best Medicare Deal
Now's the time for Texans with Medicare to check their health and drug coverage for 2018. Medicare's open enrollment period runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Open enrollment is the best time to make sure your health and drug plans still meet your individual needs, especially if you've had any changes in your health. (Moos, 10/12)

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