Medicare Beneficiaries Face New Changes in 2023

By Eileen Doherty, MS ~

Denver, CO- It’s Medicare open enrollment season again! Beginning October 1, 2022, Medicare beneficiaries find themselves inundated with letters, phone calls, invitations from insurance agents to participate in educational programs, 60-second television commercials endorsing Medicare products by well-known movie stars and full-page newspaper ads promising benefits that’s too good to be true.

Focused on its mission, the Colorado Gerontological Society is offering our Medicare Monday educational sessions covering Medicare 2023 changes. In addition, there will be New to Medicare sessions to help those who turn 65 in 2023 or leave the workplace and will need to enroll in Medicare. The 2023 Medicare Changes and New to Medicare educational sessions will be available in-person and on zoom beginning October 17 and running through November 14. See our announcement for a list of locations, dates and times.

Medicare beneficiaries will face decisions about prescription drug coverage with possible higher coinsurance, deductibles and loss of coverage. Other changes include premiums which are expected to remain stable, however, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance are expected to increase.

Some Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, especially in the Denver area, are losing coverage and will be forced to find a new plan, new doctors and other providers.

Wednesday Lunch and Learns will take an in-depth look at Medicare topics. For five weeks, beginning October 19, Eileen Doherty will lead in-depth discussions on prescription drugs, choosing the Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplements, consumer protection from the Inflation Reduction Act, the coordination of Medicare benefits with employer group plans and who pays for durable medical equipment.

Advisors will provide one-on-one counseling sessions to help make decisions about enrollment, benefits and coverage.

Prescription medication counseling is available in partnership with University of Colorado School of Pharmacy students who will review medication management, drug interactions, and look for ways to save money on annual costs .

Educational sessions and guidance will be available in English and Spanish. Sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested for in-person sessions at 303-333-3482, 1-866-294-3971 (toll-free), or 1-855-880-4477 (Spanish). To register for Zoom Sessions, visit www.senioranswers.org.

The Colorado Gerontological Society salutes Latino seniors for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Eileen Doherty

Eileen Doherty, MS is the executive director of the Colorado Gerontological Society. His areas of expertise include management and administration of non-profit organizations, education and training on issues related to older persons, advocacy and policy development on issues relating to older persons, and the clinical practice of working with older people and families to manage their lives in the years to come. She has been a director of the society since 1982. She teaches nonprofit management at Fort Hays State University.

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