If you’re close to retirement or already retired, you’ve probably received numerous invitations in the mail for events around town. Seminar? Open House? Consultation? The invitations are coming to you because it’s close to the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans, which starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. 

Navigating the requests can be time-consuming, so here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know before you head out the door. 

  1. Medicare seminars are intended to inform shoppers about the basics of Medicare, explain coverage options and answer questions you may have. 
  2. Seminars are often held at hospitals, fitness centers and other community spaces. 
  3. Each seminar has an educational component and includes a short overview of the basic information you should consider. 
  4. At most events, a licensed, certified representative is available to discuss plan options and help you evaluate things like your medication list, budget and personal health needs. They can even help you enroll if you are ready to make your decision. However, you are under no obligation to enroll in a plan when you attend a seminar. 

For a full list of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) Medicare seminars, visit Medicare.NebraskaBlue.com/Seminars. For additional information about BCBSNE Medicare coverage options, visit Medicare.NebraskaBlue.com.   

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