Medicare Open Enrollment for 2018 Begins

For anyone receiving Medicare benefits through Social Security Disability or Social Security Retirement, open enrollment began on October 15, 2017 and lasts until December 7 2017.  During this period you are able to make changes to your coverage.  You may wish to switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage or vice versa.  You are also able to switch your Medicare Advantage plan or your prescription drug plan.    It is always a good idea to speak with a representative at the Social Security Administration regarding specific questions about which plan is best for you.  You could contact them at 800-772-1213.  For additional information regarding the open enrollment period, you may wish to visit

In 2018 new Medicare cards will be issued that do not include Social Security numbers.  Instead, the cards will have randomly generated numbers to help protect against identity theft.  You should receive your new card in 2018 and it will have instructions about what to do with your old card.

Of course, if you have any questions about a Social Security Disability and/or Supplemental Security Income claim, please do not hesitate to contact us at 352-402-0444 or email us at