New Year Signals Disenrollment Period for Medicare Advantage

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Jasper, Texas – Each year, recipients have a chance to make changes to their Medicare Advantage coverage for the following year.  Medicare Advantage Plans (also called “Part C”) are health plans run by Medicare-approved private insurance companies.  Medicare Advantage Plans include Part A, Part B, and usually other coverage like Medicare prescription drug coverage.  Unlike “Original Medicare,” in which the government pays for Medicare benefits when you receive them, Medicare Advantage Plans are offered by private companies approved by Medicare, and Medicare pays these companies to cover your Medicare benefits.

If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you can leave your plan and switch to Original Medicare from January 1–February 14.  Your Original Medicare coverage will begin the first day of the following month.  If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will also have until February 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.  Your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of the month after the plan gets your enrollment form.

During this period, you cannot switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan.  You may join a Medicare Supplemental Plan at any time. Make sure you understand how a plan works before you join.  For more information you can contact a Benefits Counselor at DETCOG’s Area Agency on Aging of Deep East Texas by dialing 2-1-1 or at (800) 256-6848.

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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