Jeffrey Fernandez: October 26, 2016


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


Jeffrey Fernandez, JD

Vice President, Western Segment, Medicare Advantage Humana

This fall, as Americans make their choices in the 2016 presidential, gubernatorial and congressional races, 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 October 26th, Jeffrey Fernandez 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.


Jeffrey Fernandez currently serves as Vice President, Western Segment for the Medicare Advantage products at Humana, which includes P/L responsibility for 16 Western states (WA, OR, CA, NV, ID, UT, AZ, CO, NM, KS, OK, TX, MO, AR, LA, MS).

Previously, he served as the VP for the Central Division and started his career in the medicare advantage space as the Regional President of the Gulf States Region (Louisiana and Mississippi).  Prior to his roles focusing on Medicare Advantage, Jeffrey was Vice President of Provider Operations for Humana’s Gulf States Region, which included responsibility for all provider contracting and relations.  He started his career with Humana in 2005 as Director of Provider contracting in Louisiana.


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