New Senior Health Reform Guide Addresses Medicare Open Enrollment and Other Questions

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As a result of health care reform, important changes are being made to Medicare open enrollment. In response, Seniors-Health-Insurance.com has released a comprehensive senior's guide to health reform, so that seniors can fully understand changes being made to Medicare.

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At a time when private Medicare Advantage is experiencing changes, seniors are beginning to look into other ways to save on coverage.

When it comes to changing your Medicare plan, a year is a long time to wait. That's why Seniors-Health-Insurance.com has endeavored to reach out to seniors during the critical open enrollment period with a new guide to health reform and other features.

This year, standard open enrollment occurs from November 15th to December 31st, during which time seniors are encouraged to make changes to their private Medicare coverage – or search for new options. Those who miss open enrollment are out of luck until next year, and they miss out on a valuable chance to make vital changes to their Medicare coverage.

This year's changes to open enrollment make action all the more important. In the past, seniors were still able to switch from existing plans to similar Medicare coverage from January 1st to March 31st. Now, that period has been replaced with a shorter time frame (January 1st to February 14th), and the only change that can be made is to disenroll from a Medicare Advantage plan in order to join a Medicare Part D plan instead.

"At a time when private Medicare Advantage is experiencing changes, seniors are beginning to look into other ways to save on coverage," said Rodrigo De Guzman, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations at Potrero Media Corporation, a provider of online insurance leads. "This year is especially important because health care reform has been a topic of discussion."

According to the Kaiser Health Foundation, Medicare Part D premiums are expected to increase 11% in 2010, which could spell disaster for seniors who live on a limited income. Some have attributed this rise in costs to health care reform. Whatever the case, seniors also benefit from reform, despite the fact that 56% of seniors thought reform would weaken Medicare. In fact, over one million seniors received a $250 rebate in the mail this year as part of the reform (learn more in the special guide to health care reform for seniors).

Whatever a senior's health requirements may be, Seniors-Health-Insurance.com can offer the advice and guidance needed, not only to save money on Medigap or Medicare Advantage coverage, but also to compare companies and research coverage by state. Seniors can even take the Medicare Quiz to find the right type of Medicare option that fits their needs.

Founded in 2008, Seniors-Health-Insurance.com soon became a premier provider of unbiased senior health and Medicare information, including in-depth information on senior health care reform. The site can match seniors with some of the nation's leading senior health insurance providers, and it has already helped thousands of seniors connect with health coverage that is both affordable and reliable.

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