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Medicare Open Enrollment ready for seniors to choose new health, drug plans
Every year, Medicare’s open enrollment period is October 15 through December 7.
Nov. 2, 2016 - Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year - things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.
How do people know if they need to change plans?
People in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan should always review the materials their plans send them, like the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC). If their plans are changing, they should make sure their plans will still meet their needs for the following year. If they’re satisfied that their current plans will meet their needs for next year and it’s still being offered, they don’t need to do anything.
When can people get information about next year’s Medicare plans?
Information for next year’s plans was available beginning in October.
Where can people find Medicare plan information or compare plans?
>> 1-800-MEDICARE or Medicare.gov.
>> Where can CMS partners find information to help people with Medicare with open enrollment? We have outreach and media materials for English-speaking and other audiences that can help you to help others with Medicare open enrollment.
>> A key site for finding the best drug plan Medicare Plan Finder
>> The Medicare Blog has published a series of helpful blogs about Open Enrollment.
>> Go to our presentation of the Medicare Blog on Shopping Smart in Open Enrollment to also see links to more information helping seniors succeed with Open Enrollment