SOURCE: GoHealthInsurance


November 15, 2010 13:12 ET

Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Today, Seniors Can Compare Plans at Offers Seniors the Opportunity to Compare Medicare Insurance Plans as Today Marks the Beginning of Medicare Open Enrollment for Seniors

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - November 15, 2010) - Today is the first day of Medicare open enrollment where Americans eligible for Medicare can enroll, change or upgrade their benefits. At, the online service for seniors to compare Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement and Medicare Part D plans, seniors can compare Medicare insurance plans with the help of licensed agents.

"With all this talk about health reform and changes to Medicare, plenty of people are confused about what will affect them this year. At, a licensed agent can answer any questions consumers might have about Medicare coverage and help them explore their options during this year's open enrollment period," said Mark Colwell, Consumer Marketing Analyst at

Here are the primary Medicare coverage options:

Medicare Advantage
Medicare Advantage (MA) plans were introduced to offer seniors broader benefits options and have their coverage administered through a private insurance company rather than the federal government. MA plans are still required to cover all the same services as the original Medicare program, but private insurers can offer additional benefits such as lower deductibles and copayments.

Original Medicare and Medicare Supplement Plans
For seniors who choose original Medicare, they can add on extra coverage with a Medicare Supplement plan. These plans help fill in any gaps in coverage and can lower or get rid of deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. There are a variety of Medicare Supplement plans to choose from which all offer different benefit levels.

Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage)
Seniors can also use the Medicare Open Enrollment period to change or upgrade their prescription drug coverage with a new Medicare Part D plan.

It makes the most sense this open enrollment period for consumers to talk to a licensed agent about each option and determine which plan best fits their needs. Seniors eligible for Medicare coverage this coming year can visit to compare Medicare coverage options with the help of trusted advisors.

About GoMedicare is an online consumer resource for detailed Medicare information and comparing Medicare products -- including Medicare Supplement -- with licensed local agents. The service at is absolutely free for consumers with no obligation to buy. is a part of the GoHealthInsurance Network.

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