A Medicare Part D Check-Up will be held at Dallas County Hospital on Monday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors will be available to help compare Medicare Part D plans for 2014. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 515-725-2907.

We’re heading into a very important time of year for people on Medicare—the annual open enrollment period. The dates for the open enrollment are Oct. 15 - Dec. 7. This is the time when Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans announce their changes for the next year and Iowans on Medicare can decide what plans they want for 2014. Individuals can change to a different plan, enroll in a plan or drop coverage. Choices made during the open enrollment will go into effect January 1, 2014. If you have additional questions about Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plans contact SHIIP, a free, confidential service of the state of Iowa. You can call 1-800-351-4664 (TTY1-800-735-2942), go to www.therightcalliowa.gov or e-mail shiip@iid.iowa.gov.