Medicare Open Enrollment is taking place now through Dec 7th<div class="ExternalClass5F81F1983CB549DD9D33528EF90314A8"><p>​Medicare Open Enrollment is taking place now through December 7<sup>th</sup>.  The Medicare Prescription coverage annual election period provides current Medicare beneficiaries with this one opportunity each year to select a new prescription drug plan that best suits their medication needs for the upcoming year.</p><p>The NC Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is a Division of the NC Department of Insurance and offers free, unbiased information about Medicare and Medicare cost savings programs.  The Burke County Senior Centers in Morganton and Hildebran serve as SHIIP counseling sites.   </p><p>Due to an increase in Medicare beneficiary requests, Burke County has scheduled over 300 SHIIP counseling appointments. Although we have met our maximum capacity of appointments, there are still opportunities for you to receive assistance.  </p><p>Medicare recipients can call the main SHIIP hotline at (855) 408-1212 Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm.  You can also visit <a href="http://www.ncshiip.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.ncshiip.com</span></a> or <a href="http://www.medicare.gov/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.medicare.gov</span></a> .  As a reminder, changes must be made by December 7<sup>th</sup> to guarantee coverage to begin without interruption on January 1, 2019.  </p><p>If you will be turning age 65 in the first few months of 2019, we invite you to attend one of our Medicare 101 classes, starting December 19<sup>th</sup> at 1:00 pm.  These classes are offered the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm.  If interested, please call the Burke County Senior Center in Morganton at (828) 430-4147 to RSVP.</p></div>http://www.burkenc.org/departments/county-manager/Medicare Open Enrollment is taking place now through Dec 7thhttps://intranet.burkenc.org/WebsiteContent/Lists/Special Notice/DispForm.aspx?ID=232https://intranet.burkenc.orglance.riddle@burkenc.org | Lance Riddle | 693A30232E777C6275726B655C6C616E63652E726964646C65 i:0#.w|burke\lance.riddle10/23/2018 4:04:09 PM05591aspxhttps://intranet.burkenc.org/WebsiteContent/Lists/Special Notice/AllItems.aspxFalse