For reprint by the GWAAR Medicare Outreach Team
Do you have a Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) plan or a Medicare Advantage with Drug coverage? Every year Medicare Advantage and Part D plans can change the list of prescription medications they will cover as well as the providers that they have in the network. That means even if you are taking the same medications and seeing the same doctors, the amount you pay for your medications and care may change in 2022! The plan’s premiums, deductibles, and co-pays can also change each year.
What can people do about this? All Medicare beneficiaries should check their coverage each year during the Medicare’s annual open enrollment period which runs October 15 through December 7. This is the time of year to find out if your current plan will cost you more, or less, than other available 2022 plans. If it is no longer the best plan for your medications and providers, this is the time to make a switch to a plan that will suit you better.
Make sure you will have appropriate coverage in the new year. You can compare plans on the official Medicare website at Medicare.gov. Medicare beneficiaries in Brown County can also receive free, unbiased assistance with plan comparisons at ADRC of Brown County. ADRC can offer individual plan assistance by phone, email, or virtual appointment. Call ADRC today at (920) 448-4300.