BUCKHANNON – Forget the 1-800 number! Jeff Barnhart, a local agent, will be available at Buckhannon CVS to answer Medicare Health Plan questions and assist the community during the annual Medicare Enrollment Period that began Sunday, October 15 and concludes on Thursday, December 7.
“There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to Medicare,” Barnhart said. “Meeting with somebody face-to-face versus calling an 800 number gives them quality recommendations. I’m local. Local representation adds value to what we’re doing.”
Based on their current prescription medications and other factors, Barnhart will assist clients in choosing the best plan for them through a Needs Analysis. He suggests bringing a list of medications as well as enrolling in Medicare Part A and B to get the ball rolling on this year’s enrollment process.
Anyone who is turning 65 qualifies for the Initial Enrollment Period that spans from three months prior to their 65th birthday, the month of their birthday, and three months after their birthday to get enrolled. For those turning 65 later, who are about to retire or who are already enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, Barnhart expressed that now is the time to see what’s available and make necessary changes to your plan.
“Most of the seniors [in this area] are on a limited income,” he said. “It is very important to make sure they get the appropriate plan to help them by sitting down with them face-to-face and walking them through it to where they can understand it. There are other things that are available to them as well based on income levels. They may find out that they qualify for a Low-Income Subsidy which helps lower their costs altogether on prescription medication.”
Barnhart noted that Medicare Health Plans have experienced changes this year. He encourages the community to stop by his table, say “Hello,” and learn if those changes had an effect on their coverage.
“Now is the time to evaluate what you have. For someone who is currently on Medicare now, it’s time to make that change or to explore what is out there for them. Especially somebody who has a stand-alone prescription plan, this is the only time that they can make changes, between October 15 and December 7,” Barnhart said.
Visit Jeff Barnhart of Barnhart Financial Services at Buckhannon CVS – located at 74 West Main Street – on the following dates:
- Thursday, Oct. 26 & Friday, Oct. 27
- Thursday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 4
- Monday, Nov. 6 through Thursday, Nov. 9
- Monday, Nov. 13 & Thursday, Nov. 16
Are you interested in learning more about Medicare Enrollment and coverage options? Attend a free Medicare Seminar hosted by Barnhart Financial Services.
The first seminar will be hosted on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sure Stay Hotel in the Northridge Plaza in Buckhannon. Can’t make it? Don’t sweat it. A second seminar will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the F.O.P. Restaurant in Nutter Fort, West Virginia.
Call 304-365-2362 to schedule an appointment. Email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Barnhart Financial Services on Facebook to learn more about Medicare Health Plans and Jeff’s availability during this year’s enrollment period.