SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- People with Medicare coverage can shop for a new prescription drug insurance plan through Dec. 7 and there's free counseling available to help.
Illinois Department of Insurance officials are reminding Medicare beneficiaries that open enrollment season started Monday, meaning they can change to a new drug plan without penalty for a limited time.
The department's Senior Health Insurance Program, or SHIP, provides free counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.
The SHIP toll-free hotline takes calls weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 800-548-9034.
Also, people with Medicare can use the web-based Medicare Plan Finder to see star ratings and compare the quality of their health and drug plan options.