Medicare Open Enrollment Information

Annual Open Enrollment Period: October 15th - December 7th, 2020
Medicare Part-D Expert: Steve Atkinson - (229) 305-7111

We've created this guide to help you learn more about enrollment dates, eligibility, tips to avoid scams, and much more. As you may be aware, the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is fast approaching us. Once you enroll in a plan, you will not be allowed to make any changes until the next Annual Enrollment Period. The Medicine Cabinet wants to make sure that the best plan is selected for you!

 

Choosing the right plan can be confusing and overwhelming since there are a wide range of deductible, premium, formulary, and copay options. Over the next few weeks, you will be bombarded with mail and phone calls from companies trying to enroll you in their plans. However, they don’t tell about all of the hidden expenses that their Part D Drug Plans could possibly cost you. 

 

For the above reasons, we have asked Steve Atkinson to help our stores do a personal review of your Part D Plan and help you make the right choice for 2021. Steve has worked for years in this field and will work closely with each of our stores to make sure that you are taken care of. You can contact him @ 229-305-7111 or stop by any of our locations and give our staff your information.

 

We are sincerely grateful that you have selected The Medicine Cabinet as your pharmacy. We truly appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the years to come.

 

Medicare Eligibility

Listed below are examples of the certain criteria needed to be eligible to enroll in a Medicare Part D plan. You may be eligible if:

  • You are age 65 or older

  • You have a qualifying disability for which you have been receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for more than 24 months

  • You have been diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring a kidney transplant or dialysis)

  • You are entitled to Medicare Part A and/or enrolled in Medicare Part B

What can you do during the open enrollment period?

During the annual open enrollment period, you will be able to make changes to your current plan. These changes will go into effect on January 1st, 2020. Listed below are examples of what you can do during this enrollment period. You can:

  • Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another.

  • Switch from one Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to another.

  • Enroll in a Medicare Part D plan if you didn’t enroll when you were first eligible for Medicare. 

Tips to avoid Medicare Plan scams: 
  • Never give your Medicare number or other personal information to an unexpected caller.

  • Beware of unexpected callers who are wanting to confirm your Medicare number. A legitimate caller will not need to know your Medicare number to provide you will enrollment information.

  • Hang up immediately if a caller claims they're from Medicare and asks for your Medicare number or other personal information. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will never call to ask for or confirm Medicare numbers.

  • Don’t respond to telemarketing calls relating to Medicare. Hanging up on these automated callers is the best option. 

  • Anyone who tries to sell you Medicare insurance while claiming to be an “official Medicare agent” is a scammer. There are no Medicare representatives. If someone comes to your door claiming to be from Medicare, remember Medicare does not send representatives to your home.

  • Hang up or ignore anyone who calls saying you are required to join their prescription plan or you will lose your Medicare coverage. The Medicare Part D prescription drug plan is completely voluntary.

  • Be on the lookout for mail cards that appear to be sent by Medicare or the government but are actually advertisements for private companies. Make sure to read the fine print carefully! 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to any of our pharmacies and we'll be happy to assist you!