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Find the right Medicare plan for your needs

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Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are 65 and older, and some people under 65 with certain disabilities. It is the largest health insurance program in the U.S.  You can find information about what Medicare covers and how to sign up at Medicare.gov.

Once you become eligible for Medicare, you have a seven month window to sign up for benefits. Enrollment continues year-round for people who are turning 65 and newly-eligible for Medicare.

Medicare Open Enrollment starts October 15 and continues through December 7 for anyone over 65. During open enrollment you can make changes to your Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) or Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). Any changes that you make to your Medicare coverage during Open Enrollment will take effect on January 1 of the following year.

My Medicare Matters can help you understand your options

Having guidance as you make decisions about Medicare can make all the difference.  It’s important to have easy-to-use, reliable information to help you decide on a plan that fits your needs.

My Medicare Matters is a free educational service of the National Council on Aging, to make it easier to get the most out of your health coverage.

Visit MyMedicareMatters.org/oasis to take a Medicare QuickCheck™ and receive a free personalized report about your options, plus expert individual help to find the right plan for you. My Medicare Matters features user-friendly tools to make the process easier.


State Health Insurance Assistance Programs

The State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) provide free, in depth, one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance in all 50 states. To find a SHIP office in your state, visit the SHIP National Technical Assistance Center.

Oasis help is available in the St. Louis area

Insurance Counseling Coordinator Kathleen Stice works with the CLAIM (Missouri) and SHIP (Illinois) programs located in Oasis offices at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital and Alton Memorial Hospital.

  • To get help over the phone, call (800) 390-3330 (Missouri) or (618) 463-7182 (Illinois).
  • To schedule a one-on-one appointment, call (314) 362-7587 (Missouri) or (800) 392-0936 (Illinois). 
Our offices offer free and confidential help with Medicare questions. This unbiased counseling is provided by knowledgeable, state-certified Oasis volunteer insurance counselors and is a good option for individuals with first-time Medicare enrollment, claims assistance and plan changes.