PRESS RELEASE NO: 2019-022
MEDICARE GENERAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD
The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA), Guam District Office, would like to inform the community that Medicare Part B’s General Enrollment Period (GEP) is from January 1st through April 1st 2019. Medicare is a medical insurance program for people who are 65 or older, and for people who are on SSA’s disability program or have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) at any age. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B is $135.50 for 2019. The Part B premium can be higher if one does not enroll during their initial enrollment period or when they first became eligible; or if they have a higher income. If enrolled during the GEP, the effective date of coverage will begin on July 1st.
If you are eligible and want to be covered by Medicare Part B medical insurance, now is the time to sign up with the Social Security Administration by visiting their office located at 770 E Sunset Blvd STE 155, Tiyan Barrigada GU 96913-1506 at the A.B. Won Pat Integrated Cargo Facility from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays or you can enroll online through SSA’s website at www.socialsecurity.gov. The SSA public telephone line is 1-855-616-6393 or 633-9500.
For more information about Medicare, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website at www.medicare.gov, or read SSA’s publication on Medicare at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10043.html. Locally accessible assistance to learn more about Medicare is also provided by the Guam Medicare Assistance Program (Guam MAP) within the Division of Senior Citizens (DSC), DPHSS. To schedule an appointment to see a Guam MAP counselor, call DSC at 735-7415 or 735-7421.
JAMES W. GILLAN