Your Medicare Annual Enrollment Period checklist

5 things to keep in mind for next year

If you’re a member of a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan or a Prescription Drug Plan, you should receive your Annual Notice of Change – or ANOC – by September 30th. This booklet helps you prepare for the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, or AEP, the time of year when you can decide to stick with your current plan or make changes for the upcoming year. Your ANOC includes changes in coverage, costs, or service areas that will be effective in January. It’s very important to read it to help you make the best decision for you.

When considering coverage for next year, you should refer to your ANOC to see what may have changed. To help you know what to look for, we have created a checklist to help you evaluate if your plan will meet your needs for the upcoming year.

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To help you know what to look for, we have created a checklist to help you evaluate if your plan will meet your needs for the upcoming year.

 Mark your calendar
Starting October 15, you can change your plan for 2022. If you’d like to keep your plan, you’re all set for next year. If you’d like to make changes to your plan, you’ll have until December 7, 2021 to do so.

 Check to see if your benefits have changed
See if your monthly premiums or deductible have changed and if your coverage still meets your needs in your ANOC.

 See if there have been any updates to your prescription drug coverage
Look for a letter from your pharmacy team about changes to your prescription drug coverage. You can also find information in your ANOC to see if your out-of-pocket costs have changed, if any of your drugs have new restrictions, and if you can use the same pharmacy. If there are any changes, you can find learn more by visiting our Formulary page.

 Check to see if your current plan includes vision and dental
Original Medicare does not cover these services. Some Medicare Advantage plans do. If you are a member of a Medicare Advantage plan that does not have these services, you can change to a Medicare Advantage plan that does. You can also buy separate coverage.

 Check that the medical providers you rely on are still in our network
There may be changes to the doctors, specialists, providers, and hospitals that are covered under your plan. Check to make sure that the ones you use are still in our network.

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If you have any questions, call Customer Care at (800) 776-4466 [TTY: 711] for Medicare Advantage Plans and (888) 239-6469 [TTY: 711] for Prescription Drug Plans 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

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

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