Your Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) checklist

5 steps to taking care of what matters most: You

The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is the time of year when you can decide to stick with your current health plan or make changes for the upcoming year. As you consider coverage for next year, it’s important to review your Annual Notice of Changes – or ANOC. This booklet calls out changes to your current plan in coverage, costs, or service areas that will be effective in January. You should receive your ANOC by mail in September.

View your current benefits

To help you know what to look for in your ANOC and decide if your current plan will meet your needs for next year, we’ve created the checklist below. It’s also a good idea to review your current benefits.

 Mark your calendar
Starting October 15, you can change your plan for 2023. If you’d like to keep your current plan, you don’t need to do anything – you’re all set for next year. If you’d like to make changes, you may do so until December 7, 2022.

 See if your current plan's benefits are changing
Look in your ANOC to find out if your monthly premium or deductible is changing for 2023 and if your coverage will still meet your needs.

 Check for updates to your prescription drug coverage
Refer to your ANOC to see if your out-of-pocket costs are changing, if any of your drugs will have new restrictions, and if you will be able to use the same pharmacy. If there are changes, you can learn more by visiting our formulary page.

 Verify that the medical providers you rely on are still in network
The doctors, specialists, hospitals, and other providers that are covered under your plan may change over time, so check that the ones you use are still in our network.

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 Explore your health plan options
Take a look at our other Medicare plans to see if one is a better fit for you.

If you have questions, visit our member resource page or call Customer Care at the phone number on your Blue Shield member ID card.

You can also sign up for one of our Virtual Member Orientations to ask questions and hear directly from our Blue Shield team members. We are here for you. 

Get your ANOC online

Check for your 2023 Annual Notice of Changes in the list of plan documents under your plan and county name.