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What should I do if I don't want to change my Medicare plan during the Medicare annual Open Enrollment Period?

Category: Living with Your Medicare Part D Plan
Updated: Oct, 30 2023

You do not need to do anything.  If your Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Part D prescription drug plan is offered next year - and you make no enrollment decision - you will be automatically re-enrolled in the same plan starting on January 1st.

ReminderThe Medicare annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP or OEP) or Annual Enrollment Period  starts October 15th and continuing through December 7th of each year and during the OEP you will have the opportunity to change, drop, or add Medicare prescription drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plan coverage - and if you wish to keep your current Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or your Medicare Advantage plan next year, you do not need to take any action during the OEP.

Important Tip #1:  If your Medicare plan is not offered next year, then you may be without drug or extra healthcare coverage for the entire year. 

Each year, some Medicare Part D drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans discontinue operations in certain areas - often called a Service Area Reduction.  As an example, over 1.3 million people are enrolled in a 2023 Medicare Advantage plan (MA or MAPD) that will be discontinued in 2024.  Please remember that in late-September, your Medicare plan will send you an Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) letter and will tell you whether your Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan will be offered next year. 

Important Tip #2: If your plan is offered next year, be sure you know how your Medicare plan is changing.

Your current Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan can (and probably will) change every year.  Before deciding to stay with your current plan, please be sure that you understand the changes in your plan for next year.  Remember, many things can change in your Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan, including:
  • monthly plan premiums (may increase)
  • initial deductibles (may increase)
  • coverage limits (when you enter the Donut Hole)
  • prescription drugs that are covered (your formulary can change year-to-year)
  • Donut Hole coverage (aside from the Donut Hole discount, your plan may no longer provide supplemental Donut Hole coverage)
  • drug utilization management criteria (your medications may now be subject to Prior Authorization or Quantity Limit restrictions)
Medicare Part D plan and Medicare Advantage plan changes are outlined in your plan's Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) letter that you will be sent late-September or early-October.  Your ANOC letter will also provide a link to your Evidence of Coverage (EOC) document that provides over 100 pages of information about next year's plan coverage.

If you have not received your ANOC, please contact your Medicare plan using the toll-free number found on your Member ID card and request a copy of this letter.

Using our PDP-Compare and MA-Compare tools to see basic plan annual plan changes.

Another quick way to view the changes in your Medicare prescription drug plan (or PDP) is to use our online PDP-Compare.  To start, just select your state and then type in a portion of your Part D plan name - for example, you can type "Well" or "WellCare" for the "WellCare" plans to see changes just in your state's WellCare prescription drug plans.  (After entering the name, be sure to click on the "Search" button.

To see changes in all Medicare Part D prescription drug plans in your state, just choose only your state and click on "Search".

If you wish to see basic changes in your Medicare Advantage plan, then you can use our MA-Compare tool.  To begin enter your Zip or choose a state and county to see how all MA or MAPDs in your area are changing next year.

Here is an example link to PDP-Compare (you can choose your own state):
Here is an example link to our MA-Compare (you can enter your own Zip or choose a state and county:


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