WPS Health Insurance, Provider of Wisconsin’s #1-Selling Medicare Supplement1, Offers Free Guide Detailing Medicare Changes for 2012

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“Medicare Changes 2012: Five Things You Need to Know” explains important program changes and offers tips to help seniors make wise coverage decisions

WPS is Wisconsin's leading not-for-profit health insurer.

Now is the time for seniors to learn all they can about the changes to Medicare and their own specific health and drug plans, so they can make informed choices and be sure to get the coverage they need.

Medicare keeps on changing: benefits, costs, and even the deadlines for signing up or switching plans. As this year’s Annual Enrollment Period approaches, it’s important that Wisconsin residents have the information they need to make better, more informed decisions about protecting their health and financial security. That’s why WPS Health Insurance, Wisconsin’s leading not-for-profit health insurer and provider of Medicare prescription drug plans and Medicare supplement plans, has released a new, free educational resource aimed at helping seniors stay up to date on this year’s changes to Medicare.

Available today for free download from the WPS website, “Medicare Changes 2012: Five Things You Need to Know” details important changes for the coming year, offers tips to help seniors find dependable coverage, and includes a list of Medicare-related resources that seniors can look to for more information.

“This free guide is an important resource for anyone who is eligible for Medicare in 2012,” said Jim Baird, vice president of individual sales at WPS Health Insurance. “Readers will learn about Medicare’s new Annual Enrollment Period, which takes place October 15 through December 7 this year—nearly a full month earlier than previous years. They’ll learn about a new Special Election Period for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans that are rated five stars by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). And they’ll see the latest changes made to Part D standard benefits.”

With Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period fast approaching, now is the time for seniors to learn all they can about the changes to Medicare and their own specific health and drug plans, so they can make wise choices and be sure to get the coverage they need.

Forty-five years of experience serving seniors on Medicare.
WPS has served seniors on Medicare since the program began in 1966. Today, the company’s Medicare supplement plan, the WPS Medicare Companion, is the #1 choice of Wisconsin seniors, outselling all other supplements in the state.1 In addition, more than 25,000 seniors have enrolled in the company’s Medicare Part D plans—making WPS the largest not-for-profit Part D plan provider in Wisconsin.2

WPS encourages seniors who have Medicare-specific questions to visit the Medicare website at http://www.medicare.gov or call 1 800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

(1) Based on sales data submitted by insurers to the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, 2010. (2) CMS enrollment data, 5/2011.

About WPS Health Insurance
Founded in 1946, WPS is Wisconsin’s leading not-for-profit health insurer, offering affordable individual health insurance, family health insurance, high-deductible health plans, and short-term health insurance, as well as flexible and affordable group plans and cost-effective benefit plan administration for businesses. In addition, the WPS Medicare division administers Part A and B benefits for millions of seniors in multiple states, and the WPS TRICARE division serves millions more members of the U.S. military and their families. In 2010 and 2011, WPS was recognized by the international Ethisphere™ Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, and is the only health insurance company to earn this distinction. For more information about WPS Health Insurance, visit http://www.wpsic.com.

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