As the open season for Medicare begins, I would like to urge all beneficiaries to compare their current coverage with their needs and evaluate independently if another plan may better suit their requirements. During this first year of the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program, there have been many ups and downs, but seniors seem generally satisfied once they understand their plan. The most important thing to do during this open season is to first evaluate if you want to join the program if you don't have coverage. And if you are already enrolled in a plan to really take the time to understand if the plan is meeting your coverage needs. If you do not understand the offerings, it is important to sit down with a trusted family member, and understand the prescriptions you are taking, the formulary with your current plan and the benefits you have. The time to change is now.