Now is the time for Asian Pacific Islander (API) seniors to check their prescription drugs plans and make sure the drugs they need are covered at a reasonable cost. Medicare Part D Annual Coordinated Election Period (AEP) started Nov. 15 through the end of the calendar year, December 31. This six-week period is vital for seniors to check their prescription drug plans, because if they do not starting in January, seniors could be locked in a plan that is not best suited for their needs. “Seniors should make sure their plan is the best fit for them and that they are getting the most affordable and comprehensive plan available,” says Christine Takada, President and CEO of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA). It is also important for those who are eligible but not yet enrolled to take this opportunity to enroll and take advantage of the program and avoid incurring premium penalties. NAPCA’s Helpline is available to help Asian language speaking seniors in particular. Helpline staff are fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese and are equipped to counsel seniors on details about different drug plan options. NAPCA staff are also experienced in helping callers choose a plan that will provide them more coverage at a lower cost. NAPCA National Toll-free Multilingual Helpline Numbers: English 1-800-336-2722; Chinese 1-800-582-4218; Korean 1-800-582-4259; Vietnamese 1-800-582-4336.

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