MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT 2018 BEGINS OCTOBER 15, 2017

med2018By now you may have received your copy of “Medicare &You 2018” from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is a manual containing information regarding Medicare coverage choices, things to consider when choosing Medicare, and important enrollment information. At the very end of the manual, you will find information specific to Medicare plans in your geography.

“Medicare&You 2018” Handbook
(This is a general version and will not have plans specific to your area)

Please note that Medicare 2018 open enrollment is October 15, 2017 - December 7, 2017.

Another resource is the online Medicare tool, www.medicare.gov
Below are general descriptions only of the search tool.

If you are looking for more information or to compare Medicare Plans, please go to
www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan. You are able to do a General Search or a Personalized Search.

If you perform a Personalized Search, you will need to have your Medicare number, your birthdate, and input the zip code that Medicare has on record for you. If you also are comparing Part D plans, have a list of your drugs, exact name, dose, and quantity.

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At the bottom of either the General Search or the Personalized Search, click Find Plans. Answer the following questions as appropriate and click on Continue to Plan Results. From here, you will need to enter your drugs exactly. After your drug list is complete, you will need to select a pharmacy. Once you choose a pharmacy, you will click on Continue to Plan Results.

From here, you can refine your plan results such as click on Prescription Drug Plans (with Original Medicare) or click on Medicare Plans with drug coverage. Now click on Continue to Plan Results. You will be able to see a list of available options and be able to sort results. If you are doing a Personalized Search, your plan will appear above the results.

Thanks to Lexicon for helping to pull together this information as excerpted from Medicare .gov and Medicare & You 2018