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What To Consider When Changing Medicare Plans

 

Finding a new plan may be easier than you think. We’ll help you get started with key details you'll need to know.

 

Select your current plan type to review your options.

In addition to providing medical and hospital coverage, most Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans cover prescription drugs, dental, vision, hearing, and more – but not all plans are equal.

 

When you consider different plan options, be sure to compare the benefits and costs with your current plan. Check to see if your doctors and hospitals are in the new plan network and look up your drugs to estimate the cost.

 

Enrollment And Eligibility

 

You can join, drop, or switch to another Medicare Advantage plan every year during the Annual Enrollment Period, October 15 to December 7.
 

If you’re not happy with that plan, you have an opportunity to change plans just once during the Open Enrollment Period, January 1 to March 31.
 

At other points during the year, you may qualify for a two-month Special Enrollment Period (SEP) if you have a qualifying life event, such as moving out of your plan’s service area, or losing employer coverage.

 

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Smart Tip: Annual Enrollment Period is October 15 to December 7, and Open Enrollment Period is January 1 to March 31.

D-SNPs are Medicare Advantage plans for people with Medicare and Medicaid. If you qualify, these plans give benefits beyond Original Medicare and Medicaid — with $0 monthly premiums.

 

Enrollment And Eligibility

 

You can enroll in a D-SNP plan the first month you become eligible for Medicaid. You can also change plans one time during each of these periods:

   January-March

 

   April-June

 

   July-September

If you make a change during one of these times, your coverage will start on the first day of the following month. You can also enroll or switch Dual Special Needs Plans during the Annual Enrollment Period, October 15 to December 7 for coverage starting January 1.

 

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We no longer offer Medicare Supplement insurance plans in New York. However, if you are looking for more coverage and wish to control your out-of-pocket costs, you may want to consider one of our Anthem Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans. 


Medicare Advantage plans offer all the coverage of Original Medicare, and other benefits like prescription drug, dental, vision, and hearing coverage. Plus, you can conveniently access these benefits and more with the Anthem Benefits Prepaid Card. 

 

To learn more, explore “I Want To Change To A Medicare Advantage Plan” in the next section.

Convenience and cost are two of the biggest reasons people change from a Medicare Supplement plan to a Medicare Advantage plan.

 

Medicare Advantage plans have $0 or low premiums and offer valuable benefits like dental, vision, and hearing coverage. Most plans also include prescription drug coverage (Part D) all in one plan. But unlike a Medicare Supplement plan, Medicare Advantage plans have a network of providers. You will want to make sure your doctors and hospitals are included in the plan’s network before you enroll.

 

Enrollment And Eligibility

 

You can change from a Medicare Supplement plan to a Medicare Advantage plan during the Annual Enrollment Period, October 15 to December 7. Keep in mind, if you switch to a Medicare Advantage plan and then want to return to a Medicare Supplement plan, you should try to do so within the first 12 months. Otherwise, you may be denied coverage based on your health.

 

If you do switch to a Medicare Advantage plan during the Annual Enrollment Period, your coverage will start on January 1 of the following year.

 

If you’re not happy with your new Medicare Advantage plan, you have a second chance to change or drop plans just once during the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period, January 1 to March 31. If you change your plan during Open Enrollment Period, your coverage will start on the first day of the next month.

 

At other points during the year, you may qualify for a two-month Special Enrollment Period if you have a qualifying life event, such as moving out of your plan’s service area.

 

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Smart Tip: Annual Enrollment Period is October 15 to December 7 and Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment is January 1 to March 31.

When shopping for a new stand-alone Medicare Part D plan, review the plan’s formulary (drug list) to make sure your current medications are covered, and the network includes your pharmacy. Also, compare the premiums, deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance of each plan to determine which offers you the lowest out-of-pocket costs.

 

When Can I Change My Part D Plan?

 

You can change Part D plans during the Annual Enrollment Period, October 15 to December 7. If you change Part D plans during the Annual Enrollment Period, your coverage will start in January of the following year.

 

For Medicare Advantage plans that include Part D (MAPD) coverage, you can change to another Part D plan during Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (January 1 through March 31).

 

If you drop your Medicare Advantage plan during the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period, and if that plan included Part D, you can purchase a standalone Part D plan for Original Medicare during this period (January 1 to March 31).

 

Your coverage will start the first of the following month after you sign up.

 

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Smart Tip: Annual Enrollment Period is October 15 to December 7, and Open Enrollment Period is January 1 to March 31.

Find The Right Anthem Medicare Plan For You

 

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Medicare Advantage (Part C) Plans

 

Our comprehensive Medicare Advantage plans include everything Original Medicare has to offer – and more. You can select an Anthem plan that includes benefits like these:

   $0 or low premiums

 

   Dental, vision, and hearing coverage

 

   Prescription drug (Part D) coverage

 

   SilverSneakers® fitness membership

Plus, you could get a spending allowance for over-the-counter health items, groceries, transportation, and utilities – all conveniently managed via an Anthem Benefits Prepaid Card. (Benefits may vary based on where you live, the plan you select, and individual conditions.)

 

Medicare Advantage is available in HMO, PPO, and Special Needs Plans so you have the flexibility to choose the coverage that fits you.

 

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Medicare Supplement Plans (Medigap)

 

We no longer offer Medicare Supplement plans in New York. However, our Medicare Advantage plans can help pay some of your out-of-pocket costs not covered by Original Medicare, like copays, deductibles, and coinsurance.

 

With a Medicare Advantage plan from Anthem, you can get prescription drug (Part D), dental, hearing, vision, and other benefits, all conveniently managed within one plan.

 

Please refer to the preceding “Medicare Advantage (Part C) Plans” section for more details, or visit Anthem's Medicare Advantage product page.

 

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Prescription Drug (Medicare Part D) Plans

 

Medicare Part D provides prescription drug coverage, which can be especially important if you’re managing a condition that requires regular medications. You can complement your Original Medicare or a Medicare Supplement plan with an Anthem Part D plan that can help lower the costs of your medications.

 

Our Plans Include:

   More than 65,000 pharmacies in our network

 

   $1 copays for preferred prescription drugs at preferred pharmacies

Even if you don’t take prescription drugs when you’re first eligible for Medicare, consider getting a Medicare Part D plan to avoid a late enrollment penalty if you join later.

 

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Dual Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs)

 

Medicare Advantage Dual Special Needs Plans are for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, offering benefits at little to no extra cost, like:

   Dental, Vision, and Hearing coverage

 

   Prescription drug coverage

 

   Utility bill support for those who qualify

 

   Transportation for health-related appointments

 

   Over-the-counter allowance for health items

 

   24/7 virtual doctor visits

 

   Personal Emergency Response System

 

   Support with groceries and assistive devices for those who qualify

 

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Check Your Doctors And Prescriptions

We want to make sure you’re happy with your new plan. Before you change plans, check your doctors and prescriptions.

Change Your Healthcare Plan Confidently

Need some extra guidance? These helpful resources can help you feel comfortable with your decision to change plans.

Frequently Asked Questions About Changing Plans

If you already have Medicare Advantage, you can sign up for a different Medicare Advantage plan during the Annual Enrollment Period from October 15 to December 7. You also can change to another Medicare Advantage plan, disenroll, or change back to Original Medicare during the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period, from January 1 to March 31.

If you already have Original Medicare, or you have both Original Medicare and a Medigap plan, you can enroll in a Medicare Part D plan during your Initial Enrollment Period (7 months bracketing your 65 birthday month), the Medigap Open Enrollment Period (6 months from the time you get Part B and are over 65), the General Enrollment Period (January 1 to March 31) or the Annual Enrollment Period (October 15 to December 7).

 

Note: We no longer sell Medicare Supplement insurance in New York.

If you qualify for Medicaid and are enrolled in Medicare, you may be able to enroll in a Dual Special Needs Plan. You can enroll in a dual plan when you first become eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare, and change plans once a quarter (January-March, April-June, July-September), and during the Annual Enrollment Period October 15 through December 7.

You can enroll in or change dual plans once per Special Enrollment Period or during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period.

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Original Medicare: Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance).

 

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield is a Medicare Advantage plan with a Medicare contract. Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Is a SNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the state Medicaid program. Enrollment in Anthem BlueCross BlueShield depends on contract renewal.

 

Anthem BlueCross is a Medicare Advantage plan with a Medicare contract. Anthem BlueCross Is a SNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the state Medicaid program. Enrollment in Anthem BlueCross depends on contract renewal.