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When will the 2022 Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plan information be available?

Category: Annual Medicare Plan Changes
Published on 2021-07-24 10:21:44

October 1st.   2022 Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plan information will be officially released October 1st and will be included on the Medicare.gov Plan Finder website.

If you are currently enrolled in a 2021 Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan, you will receive a 2022 Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) letter previewing your 2022 Medicare plan coverage.  Your current Medicare plan will automatically send you the ANOC in late-September.  This 10 to 12 page document will highlight next year's coverage and plan changes.

As data is released by Medicare, we will include this basic Medicare Part D plan information online in our Medicare Part D Plan Finder (https://PDP-Finder.com) and we will provide an analysis or overview of all 2022 Medicare Part D plans in our section of PDP Facts (https://PDP-Facts.com).

At the same time, we will bring the Medicare Advantage (MA/MAPD) plan information online within our Medicare Advantage Plan Finder (https://MA-Finder.com).  The Medicare Advantage plan coverage data will be updated as more detailed information becomes available.

We also will bring the 2022 prescription drug information or formulary data online in our Q1Rx® Drug Finder (https://Q1Rx.com) and Formulary Browser (https://FormularyBrowser.com).  The Q1Rx Drug Finder shows how all Medicare prescription drug plans in an area cover a specific drug and the Formulary Browser will all drugs that a Medicare drug plan will cover.  The prescription drug information will include the total number of drugs on a plan's formulary and the total number of drugs on each cost-sharing tier of the plan's formulary.

As a note, Medicare Part D providers (such as Humana, Aetna, or United Healthcare) will have their 2022 Medicare plan designs ready early in the summer and often plan providers share a few highlights or a basic overview of their upcoming plan information with insurance agents and brokers.  However, plan providers, agents, and brokers are not permitted to publicly release detailed plan information until ANOC letters are sent to current plan members.

Enrollment into a 2022 Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan begins October 15th and continue through December 7th during the annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP).

If you wish to remain in your same Medicare plan, and understand how your Medicare plan is changing next year, you do not need to take any action and you will be automatically re-enrolled into your same-named Medicare plan (along with any plan changes) (Important: Medicare plans change every year so be sure to understand how your currently plan is changing next year).  If you need assistance with choosing a Medicare plan, please contact a Medicare representative at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

Your new 2022 Medicare plan coverage will then start on January 1st.

Finally, don't be confused by the Medicare Advantage plan Open Enrollment Period (MA-OEP) that started in 2019.  During the MA-OEP, you can change or drop your Medicare Advantage plan, however you cannot switch to a Medicare Advantage plan from Original Medicare.  The MA-OEP runs each year from January 1st through March 31st.

For more information, you can also click on the following link to learn more about the next year's standard Medicare Part D drug coverage and how it compares to all past years.

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