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Turkey, Pecan Pie and Medicare Annual Enrollment

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. While you’re asking your aunt to finally share the secret ingredient in her famous pecan pie, she might be asking you for help picking a Medicare plan. She’ll be much more likely to spill the hush-hush element in her recipe if you can share tips that help her find and enroll in a quality Medicare Advantage (MA) or Medicare Supplement insurance plan.

The Importance of Annual Enrollment

Your healthcare needs change as you age. Annual enrollment is a time to look into the future, into 2024, and think about what your (or your aunt’s) needs will look like and choose the plan that fits you best. My family has questions for me every holiday, so it’s helpful to brush up or have a place to direct questions. Medicare Annual Enrollment ends Dec. 7, 2023.

Coverage on the plan you choose will start Jan. 1, 2024. We submit our plans to the federal government for review MONTHS in advance of each plan year. MA plans for 2024 have been set in stone for months. In fact, our team is already working on 2025 plans.

If you still have questions after reviewing this information, there is help out there. I talked about this recently in an interview with the Shreveport-Bossier City Advocate.

Medicare Made Easy

Everyone knows Medicare is anything but clearcut. But Blue Cross is dedicated to helping make Medicare easier for you. In this video (14:46), I join Tress Fereday, a Medicare expert with Blue Cross, who shares key resources and questions to consider when reviewing your options.

Three Ps

Meanwhile, I joined WWL TV’s “Great Day Louisiana” last month to talk about how to choose the right Medicare plan. In this video (5:40), I break down the three P’s – provider, pharmacy and plan value – to keep in mind while choosing your Medicare plan.

The As, Bs, Cs and Ds of Medicare

Need to know where to start? This video (5:20) lays out the basics of Medicare.

Reach Out Today

Looking for more information about the Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plans? Read more in this press release.

Blue Cross Medicare experts are available by phone to answer questions and help beneficiaries find a plan that best meets their needs. It doesn’t cost anything to work with an agent, and there is no obligation to enroll.

To learn more about Medicare and Blue Cross plan options, or to connect with an agent, visit or call 1-800-568-1417 (TTY 711), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week. Phone lines will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Posted on: November 17, 2023

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