SALEM — Each October, open enrollment begins for Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans. Medicare plans and coverage for prescription drugs change each year, so it is important for Oregonians who are enrolled in Medicare to evaluate their plan options and make changes during open enrollment.

Open enrollment for the 2022 Medicare plan year began Friday, Oct. 15, and continues through Dec. 7.

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program with the Oregon Department of Human Services is available to help Oregonians understand their Medicare options and benefits, provide enrollment guidance and answer questions related to Medicare benefits.

Local SHIBA counselors are available to help and can be found by visiting www.SHIBA.Oregon.gov or calling toll-free 800-722-4134. To accommodate COVID-19 safety precautions, SHIBA counselors are providing telephone and limited in-person support.

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Contact community writer Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4532.

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