Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, October 15th – December 7th

Every year between October 15th and December 7th Iowans on Medicare have the opportunity to choose the Medicare drug coverage they want for the next year and to decide if they want to get their Medicare health benefits from Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan.  It is important that Iowans on Medicare use this time to check out the plans that will be available to them in 2022.  The Part D and Medicare Advantage plans can change their coverage, premiums, co-payments, co-insurance and provider networks every year.

The Senior Health Insurance Information and Senior Medicare Patrol (SHIIP-SMP) programs are services of the State of Iowa.  SHIIP-SMP volunteers provide free, confidential, and unbiased one-to-one insurance counseling and assistance at no cost to Sioux Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers. SHIIP-SMP also provides community outreach on Medicare and how to guard against Medicare fraud.

The SHIIP-SMP program has a great track record for saving Iowans money and helping them with Medicare questions and problems. In 2019, the program saved Iowan Medicare beneficiaries more than $36,000,000. Our SHIIP-SMP volunteers have completed an extensive training program and are certified each year. Sioux Center Health encourages Sioux County consumers to connect with SHIIP-SMP services by calling 712-722-8309 and leave a message.  SHIIP staff will return your call.