Prepare now for Medicare Open Season (the annual election period). This year, Open Season begins October 15 and ends December 7. Medicare Expert Howard Houghton will discuss what you need to know about the 2013 Medicare health and drug plans. Houghton manages Fairfax County’s Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) and has been interviewed by The Washington Post, National Public Radio and The New York Times. VICAP provides county residents with assistance comparing and understanding Medicare plans as well as assistance with filing claims.