In a Morning Edition piece, NPR’s Kelley Weiss manages to hit all the highlights of this year’s Medicare Part D open enrollment period. With millions of Baby Boomers hitting the system and reform provisions shaking up Part D and Medicare Advantage, it’s one of the livelier open enrollments in recent years. Also, one of the most confusing. If you prefer text, see the Kaiser Health News roundup of open enrollment coverage, which emphasizes previews and explainers.
Open enrollment, or the period during with the over-65 set can make changes to their Medicare plans, began Nov. 15 and ends Dec. 31. As you’ll learn from Weiss, the period has pushed seniors and caregivers into a sudden six-week crash course in federal insurance policy.