Mark El-Tawil: November 28, 2016


Medicare Annual Election Period Has Begun; Learn How to Start Your Journey to Better Health with Your Medicare Health and Prescription Plan


Mark El-Tawil

West Division Leader for Humana

This fall, there’s another election that is just as important to seniors across the country: the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP).   This year’s Medicare AEP lasts from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Similar to voting for elected officials, it is important to research all available choices. The first step in selecting the right Medicare plan is reviewing your current health needs, outlining your health goals and considering what healthcare needs you may have in the immediate future. This will help you identify whether your current plan still meets your needs in 2017.

When looking for ways to maximize your health care dollars, remember the following money-saving tips:

·         Comparison Shop: Use online resources to research Medicare plans that provide the most savings based on your needs and budget. Websites, such as and, are good places to start. You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE for 2017 Medicare plan information or call 1-877-486-2048 for TTY contact.

·         Research Prescription Drugs: Make sure the medications you take are covered by the plan you choose; opt for generics over brand-name drugs; and look into mail-order pharmacies, which often provide the same drugs at a lower price than the retail cost.

On November 28th, Mark El-Tawil will offer your audience more details about choosing the right plan this enrollment season. He will also share data from a brand new survey of Boomers, revealing their health concerns, activity levels, approaches for choosing Medicare plans and more.


Mark El-Tawil is the Vice President and West Division Leader of Humana’s Medicare Division. The West Division encompasses the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

In his role, Mark has operational oversight for Humana’s Medicare offerings for the West Division. These offerings include Medicare HMO and PPO health plans, prescription drug plans, Medicare supplement policies, and private fee-for-service health plans.

Mark is a 20-year veteran of the health insurance industry. Mark joined Humana in July 2008 as President of the company’s Employer Group market operations in Arizona. From mid-2010 to mid-2012, he served as Chief Executive Officer for Humana’s West Region Employer Group division. Prior to joining Humana, he served as the Chief Senior Product Officer and Arizona Market President for Health Net. He also was a Regional Vice President and Regional CFO at PacifiCare Health Systems, which has since been acquired by UnitedHealthcare.

Mark graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor of science in business administration. He has served the community over the years as a board member of several charitable and civic organizations.

Mark lives in Gilbert, Arizona, with his wife, Lisa. He has three young adult children. In his free time, he enjoys running, traveling, and tending to his wine hobby, which includes making his own wine, Ankh Wines.

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