In earlier times (pre—2008), we would skip this step of the Medicare.gov Plan Finder so that we can get a quick overview of the available Medicare plans in a certain area —
without first entering any prescription drugs. Now we usually just use our own Q1Medicare
MA-Finder tools to give us an overview of the Medicare plan landscape.
If you do not take any medications, you can simply skip the drug list or "Enter Your Drugs" step by clicking on either "I don’t take any drugs" or "I don’t want to add drugs now".
If you choose either options, the Plan Finder will give you a pop—up message to either "Add Drugs" or "Skip Drug Entry" as a second chance to enter your medications. If you skip "Step 2 of 4 Enter Your Drugs", you will be taken to Step 4 of 4 which is a Medicare plan summary page (skipping Step 3 of 4 where you choose a specific pharmacy) and see the number of available Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans in your area.
If you have not chosen to enter your medications back in Step 2 of 4 by choosing "I don’t want to add drugs now", you will just see a list of Medicare plans sorted by annual estimated plan cost or approximated annual medication cost that may (or may not) reflect your actual annual drug costs. On the other hand, if you have chosen "I don’t take any drugs" you will be shown the minimal costs of the annual monthly premium costs associated with each Medicare plan. No estimated drug or health costs will be associated with the plan costs shown in the Medicare Plan Summary Step 4 of 4.
Please note: If you decide to skip this Step 2 of 4, you can always return to this page after viewing all the available Medicare plans and select specific prescription drugs. You can get back to this page by either using the back arrow key in your browser or use the link in the cookie—crumb navigation found in the upper, left—hand side of the page.