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Medicare topics

Key topics

On these pages, you can find information or links to some key Medicare topics. Don't forget: You can always call the state office or a counselor in your area for more help.

Key enrollment dates

  • Annual enrollment for Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug coverage: Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this period, you can compare plans and change coverage.
  • Annual disenrollment period (when you can drop a Medicare Advantage plan): Jan. 1 to Feb. 14. During this period, you can drop a Medicare Advantage plan and switch to Original Medicare. If you do this, you can add a prescription drug plan.
  • Five stars: Medicare uses a rating system to recognize Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans that provide better quality to members. From Dec. 8 through Nov. 30, you have one opportunity to drop the plan you are in and switch to a five-star Medicare drug plan or five-star Medicare Advantage plan.

Financial help with Medicare

You may qualify for help with:

  • Part D (prescription drug coverage) premiums. Contact the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 (toll-free).
  • Medicare Part B premium, deductible and co-insurance. Contact Oregon’s Aging and People with Disabilities at 800-282-8096 (toll-free). You will be connected with a local office.

Medicare help

Call statewide office:
1-800-722-4134 (toll-free)

Find help near you:
Oregon counseling sites

Contact us:
SHIBA contact form​

1-800-633-4227 (toll-free), 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Other key links:
Social Security
Oregon Aging and People with Disabilities
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Advanced Directive Information​

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