Last-Minute Questions about Medicare Open Enrollment 2012

The Medicare open-enrollment deadline is December 7. Here's what you need to know to choose your plan on time.

Time is running out to make decisions about your Medicare coverage for 2012. With just a few days to go before the new December 7 deadline for Medicare open enrollment, we asked Silverlink, which provides consumer outreach for Medicare plans, about the top questions consumers are asking about the new Medicare enrollment rules. “Regardless of the proactive education and support that health plans have offered their members and potential members, questions still remain, due to the scope of changes this year for Medicare members,” says Dr. Jan Berger, chief medical officer of Silverlink Communications.

We just celebrated Thanksgiving. Why am I hearing so much about Medicare now rather than during the usual Christmas ad campaign?

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Kimberly Lankford
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.