Open enrollment for Medicare Part D

BISMARCK, N.D. - Believe it or not prescription drugs can cost you thousands of dollars a year. For many seniors that's a reality if they don't have the right prescription drug plan. That's why the state insurance department says it's so important it re-enroll in Medicare Part D every year.

Medicare can be complicated.

"You know you have an A, and a B and you got a D and people are talking about a C, and I have never heard of a C before so I didn't know what it was," said Thomas Christianson, Medicare user.

But for Eleanor Aman it's no laughing matter.

"I don't even want to think about it, I don't know what we'd do. There's no way we could afford our drugs," said Eleanor Aman, Medicare user.

The state insurance department says if you don't check your plan every year it can hit you where it hurts, your wallet.

"The biggest savings I've seen so far has been about $1,800 for the year, I've had several this year that have been more than $10,000 already," said David Zimmerman, Tax Department director of consumer assistance.

"Plus all the utility bills and stuff, by the time the end of the month we don't have anything left," said Aman.

Medicare Part D enrollment runs through Dec. 7.