BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Medicare open enrollment began on Oct. 15. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is telling beneficiaries to contact the state’s insurance department to learn their options.

Open enrollment is from Oct. 15 until Dec. 7.

Our SHIIP staff is available by phone or virtual counseling to help consumers address questions about their Medicare coverage,” said Commissioner Donelon. “It’s a free and confidential resource that beneficiaries can use to review their health coverage and make the best choice for their health care needs.”

Those who are happy with their coverage will not need to call but those wishing to make changes are asked to call the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) at 1-800-259-5300.

“We want to make sure everyone who is eligible for Medicare can get access to the care they need and be informed about their health care coverage options,” said SHIIP Director Vicki Dufrene.

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