A number of other options are available to you from the Medicare Plan Finder Page:
- As mentioned, you can enter your ZIP Code to begin the plan process.
- You can enter all of your Medicare Information for a Personalized Search.
- You can take an online tutorial on how to use the Medicare Plan Finder.
- You can navigate to another part of the Medicare site by choosing one of the many available menu options. For instance, on the right side, there are options to review your Medicare Supplement (or Medi-gap) options or learn about another Medicare related topic.
- The bottom navigation is also still available from the Medicare Homepage so you can, once again, navigate to another part of the Medicare site.
Are you using a public computer (like at a library or senior center) or working on your computer in a public place (like a coffee shop or fast-food restaurant)?
In that case, consider only entering the minimum information, like a ZIP Code). We caution against entering your personal and Medicare or Social Security information if you are searching for your Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan when using a public computer or using your own computer in a public place.
(Are you reading this while sitting in a coffee shop, sipping on a half-caf soy latte, and enjoying the free unsecured internet access?).
The Medicare Plan Finder website itself is secured or encoded for safe data transmission so home use is not a problem (note the "https://" protocol in the browser URL window), but at a public location, anyone around you can see your computer screen and their network may not protect your data before it gets to the Medicare website. Remember that you can always save your Medicare plan search and enter your personal and Medicare information once you are in a secured location (i.e. home) -- should you decide to enroll online. But if your computer is not secure or free from other people's view, you run the risk of being a victim of identity theft.
If your ZIP Code crosses over more than one county, the county selection does not change the stand-alone Medicare Part D plans available to you - however, Medicare Advantage plans change between counties.
If you are only interested in stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plans (that is, prescription drugs only without Medicare health benefits), then it does not matter which county you choose because the same stand-alone Medicare Part D plans are offered across your state (or in some cases across multiple states).