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Over 1.8 million people are currently enrolled in a 2020 Medicare Part D plan that is changing names in 2021

Category: Annual Medicare Plan Changes
Published on 2020-10-16 14:41:00


Is your 2020 Medicare Part D prescription drug plan changing names (and coverage) in 2021?

Over 1.8 million people are currently enrolled in a 2020 stand-alone Medicare Part D plan (PDP) that is changing plan names in 2021 - and also may be changing plan coverage.


How will you know whether your plan is changing names next year?

Current members of a 2020 Medicare Part D plan will be notified in their Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) letter about the plan's 2021 name change (along with other coverage changes) - and then you have the option to join another plan during the annual Open Enrollment Period (October 15 through December 7).


How many people are affected by 2021 Medicare Part D plan name changes?
  • 1,857,200 members in 143 Medicare PDPs (8 different plans across the country) will find the name of their 2021 plan is different from 2020 -- and the plan may also have with significant changes in 2021 plan coverage.

  • For example, over 700,000 members of the 2020 EnvisionRxPlus (PDP) will find their plan’s name changing to the 2021 Elixir RxSecure (PDP), with a similarly-sized formulary, changes in cost-sharing for Tier 3 and Tier 4, and higher premiums (for example, members in Ohio will see a 90% premium increase in 2021).

  • You can review 2021 Medicare prescription drug only plan changes using: PDP-Compare.com/2021.
Examples of 2020 Medicare Part D plans changing names (and coverage) in 2021.

Stand-alone Medicare Part D plans (PDPs)
with name changes and possibly significant feature changes 
Plan Name States Members Affected
EnvisionRxPlus (PDP) will become Elixir RxPlus (PDP)
in 29 states 138,874
EnvisionRxPlus (PDP) will become Elixir RxSecure (PDP) in 20 states 705,961
EnvisionRxSecure (PDP) will become Elixir RxSecure (PDP)
in 5 states 51,915
AR Blue Cross - Medi-Pak Rx Basic (PDP) will become BlueMedicare Value Rx (PDP)
AR 19,920


Need a faster way to see if your Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan is changing in 2021?

Our PDP-Compare and MA-Compare tools allow you to compare annual 2020/2021 changes in all stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plans (PDPs) or Medicare Advantage plans (MAs or MAPDs) across the country showing changes in monthly premiums and plan design changes, as well as changes in co-payments or co-insurance rates for different drug tiers along with the most recent Medicare quality star ratings.

PDP-Compare showing an example of how Medicare Part D plans can change names year to year

The following graphic shows an example of PDP-Compare plan name changes during the 2019/2020 annual Open Enrollment Period.

PDP-Compare showing an example of how Medicare Part D plans can change names year to year
Both the PDP-Compare and MA-Compare tools also show the Medicare Part D plans or Medicare Advantage plans that will be merged, discontinued, or added in 2021.

Not sure where to begin with all this information?

Medicare beneficiaries can telephone Medicare at 1-800-633-4227, speak with a Medicare representative, and learn more about their 2020 Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plan options.






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