Your Medicare Annual Enrollment Period checklist

5 things to keep in mind for next year
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If you’re on Medicare, you should receive your Annual Notice of Change – or ANOC – in the mail every September. This document helps you prepare for the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, 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 area that will be effective in January. It’s very important to read it over and use it to help make the best decision for you.

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
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, 2020 to do so.

 Check to see if your benefits have changed
Take a look and see if your monthly premiums or deductible have changed, and if your coverage still meets your needs.

 See if there have been any updates to your prescription drug coverage
Make sure your medications are still covered. If your out-of-pocket costs have changed, if any of your drugs have new restrictions, and if you can use the same pharmacy.

 Make sure your coverage includes vision, dental, and hearing
Medicare doesn’t cover these services, but some Medicare Advantage plans do. You can also buy this coverage separately.

 Confirm 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.

If you have any questions, you can visit blueshieldca.com/medicare to set up an appointment or call us at (800) 260-9607 [TTY: 711] Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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