Medicare's Fall Open Enrollment Begins October 15

Contact:Robert Cavanaugh, Manager of Public Affairs for Meridian Health
Phone:732-751-3451
Email:rcavanaugh@meridianhealth.com

Medicare's Fall Open Enrollment Begins October 15

This Fall is your opportunity to change your Medicare coverage during the annual open enrollment period, which starts October 15 and ends December 7. This is the time of year when everyone with Medicare can join or change their health plan or prescription drug plan for 2014. Depending on needs, you can switch coverage from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, or vice versa. You also can switch your Part D plan. Any changes you make will take effect January 1, 2015.

Meridian Health is a participating provider in the following Medicare Advantage plans:

. Aetna
. AmeriHealth Insurance Company of NJ
. Geisinger Gold Medicare Advantage Plan
. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ

Meridian Health hospitals are comprised of Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin and Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel.

Meridian Health and Geisinger Health Plan offer seniors in Monmouth and Ocean counties access to Geisinger Gold, the sixth best Medicare Advantage plan in the nation*. Featuring better management of chronic conditions and better health care outcomes than what is available with traditional Medicare and Medigap coverages, Geisinger Gold offers Medicare beneficiaries to a variety of plans with a range of benefits and premiums.

This is an important time to think about if you are getting the most from your Medicare benefits. Individuals, who are interested in receiving more information, can call 1-800-846-1583.

*The National Committee for Quality Assurance's Medicare Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014.

About Meridian Health
Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For", and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. For more information, please visit www.MeridianHealth.com.

About Geisinger Health Plan
Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, Pa. and has New Jersey offices located in Neptune and Whiting. The plan serves approximately 430,000 members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and West Virginia. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, and Medicare beneficiaries. As part of Geisinger Health System, GHP has been recognized nationally as a model for health-care reform with documented success in innovative programs such as the patient-centered medical home. Geisinger Gold is the top-ranked Medicare plan in Pennsylvania and ranked number six nationally for quality and service.* For more information, please visit www.thehealthplan.com.