Disabled Citizens Alliance

2018 Medicare Open Enrollment


The upcoming Medicare Annual Enrollment Period for coverage in 2018 runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2017. All Medicare beneficiaries should review their health care needs for the upcoming year to see if changes to their current coverage are necessary.


Plan costs and coverage change each year, so beneficiaries are advised to make sure their plan still meets their health needs and budget. By shopping available plans and comparing costs, beneficiaries may be able to find a Medicare health or drug plan with better coverage or a lower premium in 2018. The Disabled Citizens Alliance (DCAI) has two certified CLAIM counselors available to assist beneficiaries in checking their coverage.


For more information or to make an appointment call toll free 1866-797-6080 and ask for Joanie Gillam-ext. 176 or Randy Barron-ext. 120


DCAI will also host an Open Enrollment event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 8. at 8 Missouri Ave., Viburnum, MO.


Call for an appointment for one-on-one assistance. Individuals who are unable to attend the special enrollment event can meet with a certified CLAIM counselor for assistance with Medicare questions during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.



Our on-site Medicare CLAIM counselors are Joanie Gillam and Randy Barron. They can answer any Medicare questions you may have and can find you the Medicare prescription plan that is best for you. They will explain and help you to understand Medicare Advantage plans or Medicare Supplemental plans. You may also be eligible for a Low Income Subsidy that will help you with paying the costs of your prescription plan and lower your co-pays. To check if you qualify or to fill out an online application click on this link: http://www.ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp/forms_notices.htm.


Miller Trust.  What is Miller Trust?  They are a Trust that moves excess income into a fund to make an applicant eligible for MoHealth Net without a spend-down.


DCAI works in partnership with CLAIM.  CLAIM is the state health insurance assistance program (SHIP).


See also: The Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration