Tips for Navigating Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

Tips for Navigating Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

10.16.12 | By

Yesterday kicked off the 2013 Medicare Part D open enrollment period, during which millions of Medicare-eligible Americans over 65 and persons with disabilities can choose a new Part D plan that best fits their needs. As Medicare Today recently highlighted in a survey, 90 percent of seniors are satisfied with their Part D plan, with more than six in 10 seniors reporting that they would not be able to fill all of their prescriptions without Part D. But if you aren't one of those satisfied people, shop around. In the coming weeks, our hope is that we can assist in pointing people to helpful tools that enable comparing and evaluating options.

As you begin your Part D plan search, consider the following questions:

  • Are you taking any prescription medications? If so, what are they?
  • Do you have your Medicare ID card?
  • Do you have the name and phone number of your preferred pharmacy?

Once you've gathered the information you need, Medicare.gov has a number of resources to help you find what you're looking for.

  • Learn what's new in Medicare for 2013
  • Compare different Medicare plans
  • Check your current enrollment
  • Enroll or change your existing coverage during the open enrollment period from October 15 to December 7:
    • Medicare counselor, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
    • Enroll online

The more we share online, the better informed we'll all be about a program that helps millions access life-saving medicines. In this spirit, we'll continue to post updates during open enrollment, incorporate your tips and experiences, and profile perspectives of experts, patients and stakeholders.

I encourage you to share your thoughts and comments below.

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