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Dec. 7 deadline to sign up 2018 for Medicare Part D plan

Linda Schilling, left, answers a question for a woman filling out a medications list at the Medicare Part D meeting Thursday at Fort Morgan Senior Center.

Medicare first started offering prescription drug coverage to its participants in 2006 through the Part D program, but it is something that changes every year. Keeping track of what those changes are and how they affect the coverage different plans offer can be quite confusing, even for someone who deals with it each year and receives training on it.

But Linda Schilling, senior service coordinator/ ARCH specialist with the Area Agency on Aging, did her best to explain how Medicare Part D would work for 2018 to the seniors and some loved ones or helpers who attended meetings she held in Fort Morgan and Brush.

She also will continue to offer her help to seniors in Morgan and Washington counties with sorting through the 24 drug coverage plans for next year being offered by 13 companies in Colorado. Her goal is to help seniors find a plan that will cover all their medicines and for the lowest cost.

Seniors need to have this figured out before too much longer, since the deadline to enroll in a plan for next year is Dec. 7, Schilling said.