The way to simply where you live.
Those changes are reflected in medicare's part d premiums which are of course passed on to you.
As jennifer kleen tells us, it's a good time to shop for the best deal.
(shirley murphy, minot) "it went well."
(receptionist) "fill out the front."
(murphy) "we didn't have to wait too long."
(receptionist) "the back is for your prescriptions, but if you brought a list, you don't have to fill it out twice."
(murphy) "everybody had the same idea, come at 9:00."
(jennifer kleen, kx news) medicare plans change each year.
(holly brockman, consumer assistance investigator) "the average savings for people last year was 520 dollars."
(kleen) reviewing insurance plans may sound daunting.
"last year it compared the two."
(kleen) that's where the state health insurance counseling program or shic steps in to help.
(brockman) "sometimes they can stay where they're at, and sometimes they need to change, a lot of times, a lot of money."
(kleen) you don't have to change a thing, your old part d plan will still cover you.
(murphy) "it stayed the same as what i was last year."
(kleen) but with 20 plans out there, "quite a bit more, isn't it?"
(kleen) ...it's worth a look.
"last year i switched because medicine shoppe was supposed to save me about 15-hundred dollars."
(brockman) "last year we started a tracking system.
The people who participated saved just over 1.4 million."
(kleen) shic advisors stop in seven cities in north dakota.
(brockman) "not everybody is comfortable with the internet.
That's why we do what we do to help as many as possible."
"medicine shop still looks like it will be about 400 dollars cheaper.
This is the culprit right here."
(brockman) "minot is a big event.
We have a lot of people who show up here.
(kleen) merry green may be the reason why.
(green) "if i can save them some money and get them on a better plan, i love doing that."
(kleen) her best advice: ask questions.
(green) "medicare is one of the most complicated types of insurance."
"so you're going from here, to here."
(green) "try to understand as much as you can about the insurance that you have.'
(murphy) "because if you didn't, you'd be paying big bucks for medicine."
In minot, jennifer kleen, kx news.
(tom gerhardt/kx news) the same advisors will be at the kelly inn in bismarck tomorrow from 9-4.