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I wish to drop my Medicare Part D prescription drug plan coverage - What should I do?
In general,  you can only drop, disenroll, or cancel your Medicare Part D plan or Medicare Advantage plan coverage during the annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP) -- that runs each year from Octob . . .

If I do not want to change my current Medicare plan during the Annual Enrollment Period, what should I do?
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 . . .

I want to switch plans for next year. Do I have to contact my old plan?
No.  When you change or switch to a new Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, you do not need to contact or cancel your old Medicare plan.  Your old or existing Medicare Part D  plan . . .

What happens if I have automatic premium deduction from my Social Security benefit and I switch to a different Medicare drug plan later? Will the automatic premium deduction carry over to my new drug plan?
No. When you enroll in your new Medicare drug plan, you will need to make a new choice about how to pay your premiums.  You can again choose automatic premium deduction from your Social Secu . . .

Will I lose my original Medicare Part A and Part B coverage if I enroll in Medicare Advantage Plan?
No.  If you wish to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you must be enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B (refer to your Red, White, and Blue Medicare Card).Once enrolled in a Med . . .

What should I do if I disenrolled from my Medicare Part D plan for next year, but it was a mistake, and I wish to stay enrolled in my plan?
If you have disenrolled from your Medicare Part D plan (or Medicare Advantage plan) for next year and are still within the annual Open Enrollment Period (running each year from October 15th through De . . .

When and how often can I switch my Medicare drug plan?
Generally if you join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, you can only change plans under certain circumstances. You can choose to switch your current plan from October 15 through December 7 of every y . . .

When selecting a Medicare Part D plan, should I just choose the plan with the lowest monthly premium?
No.  You need to look beyond just the monthly premium cost.  The "best" Medicare Part D prescription drug or Medicare Advantage plan for you is the plan that provides the most affordable hea . . .

How do I cancel (disenroll) from my Medicare plan?
Are you enrolling in a new Medicare Part D plan this year? No need to cancel your existing plan. If you are enrolling in a new Medicare Part D plan, you simply need to enroll in the new plan or call . . .

I enrolled into a new Medicare Part D plan and still have not received my Member ID card. What should I do?
After enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan, the Medicare plan provider (such as Aetna or Humana) will need about 10 business days to send you a letter confirming your enrollment or a new Member "Welcom . . .

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My new Medicare Part D coverage is much more expensive than last year. Can I still change to another Medicare Part D prescription drug plan after the AEP closes?
Maybe, depending on your situation.  Most people cannot change their Medicare Part D plan coverage after the December 7th Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) deadline.  However, if you qualify f . . .

What happens when a person is "crosswalked" to another Medicare Part D plan?
The term "crosswalked" refers to how a Medicare beneficiary is automatically transferred from one Medicare plan to another Medicare Part D plan or Medicare Advantage plan when their current Medicare p . . .

If I use an SEP to change my Medicare prescription drug plan during the year, will my initial deductible transfer to the new Part D plan?
Yes.  If you are able to use a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to change Medicare plans during the year, you will find that the total retail value of your drug purchases (monthly gross covered dr . . .

If I change Medicare Advantage plans during the year, will the amount that I have already spent out-of-pocket for Medicare Part A and Part B coverage transfer to the MOOP of my new plan?
Maybe.  If you are able to change or transfer to another Medicare Advantage plan offered by the same insurance company (or plan provider, such as Humana or United HealthCare) during the plan ye . . .

I enrolled into a new Medicare Part D plan and still have not received my Member ID card. What should I do?
After enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan, the Medicare plan provider (such as Aetna or Humana) will need about 10 business days to send you a letter confirming your enrollment or a new Member "Welcom . . .

I signed up for a Part D drug plan in December but I have not received my Member ID card and I am not sure who to contact.
You can contact the plan's Member Services department to receive a Member ID card. If you enrolled in a prescription drug only plan (PDP), you can use our PDP-Finder to see all Medicare Part D plan . . .

What should I do if I disenrolled from my Medicare Part D plan for next year, but it was a mistake, and I wish to stay enrolled in my plan?
If you have disenrolled from your Medicare Part D plan (or Medicare Advantage plan) for next year and are still within the annual Open Enrollment Period (running each year from October 15th through De . . .

How do I cancel (disenroll) from my Medicare plan?
Are you enrolling in a new Medicare Part D plan this year? No need to cancel your existing plan. If you are enrolling in a new Medicare Part D plan, you simply need to enroll in the new plan or call . . .

How can I change the plan I have selected? What is the procedure?
All you would need to do is to enroll in a new Medicare Part D plan.  Once the new enrollment is received and processed, Medicare will be notified of your new plan selection.  Medicare will . . .

I enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan and since then I found a Medicare Advantage plan that is cheaper with better coverage. Can I still drop my Medicare Part D plan and change to a Medicare Advantage plan?
Possibly.  Usually, you can only change Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plans during the annual Open Enrollment Period (or Annual Enrollment Period or Annual Coordinated Election Period or . . .






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