Medicare Open Enrollment- VICAP

Medicare Open Enrollment, Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, 2020, is the period when you can make changes to your Medicare prescription drug plan also known as Medicare Part D or sign up for Medicare Part D. Everyone with a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan should review their coverage.

Page updated on Oct 15, 2020 at 12:01 PM

Medicare Open Enrollment
Oct 15 - Dec 7, 2020


Medicare Open Enrollment is the period when Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to your Medicare Insurance Benefits. 

You can:

  • Change your prescription drug plan also known as Medicare Part D
  • Join a Medicare Advantage Plan
  • Change from your current Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan
  • Sign up for the first time for Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)

All changes will be effective January 1, 2021. 

Everyone with a Medicare Part D prescription drug and/or Medicare Advantage plans should review their coverage. Here is what to look for:

  • Check for changes in the monthly cost you pay for your plan (the premium).
  • Check the cost of each medication you take, as costs may increase or decrease.
  • Plans can also change the drugs covered (the formulary) and the amount of the annual deductible (the amount you must pay before your prescription drug plan begins to pay) so review these too. 


Ways To Get Help

Self Check up
Request Assistance online
Request Assistance by mail
The information form

  

Self-Checkup-Do It Yourself

It is easy to review your plan and make the changes yourself.

You will need:

A computer
Your medication list with the names and dosages of your medications
Your Medicare card

1.  Go to www.medicare.gov.   

2.  Create your “My Medicare” account

3.  Click on Find health and drug plans

4.  Enter the information requested to get a list of plans tailored to you.

5.  Compare Plans by selecting the plans you would like to review/compare

  • Check the plan's star rating and select plans that have at least a three star ratings
  • Compare the cost of plan premiums and deductibles

If you are satisfied with your current plan, no further action is needed.

If you compare plans and find a plan that better meets your needs.

6.  Call the plan or check their web site to confirm the information

7.  Switch plans

  • Call the plan's 800 number to enroll or
  • Call 1.800.Medicare to request the switch to your selected plan or
  • Enroll in the plan using your “My Medicare” account: www.medicare.gov

Your coverage in the new plan will start January 1 and you will be dis-enrolled from the old plan.


Request Assistance Online

You will need:

The information form  
Your medication list with the names and dosages of your medications
Your Medicare card number and effective dates

1.  Complete The information form  

2.  Click on the submit button

3.   A counselor will conduct the assessment and select the two plans that best fit your needs. You will receive your assessment in the mail.  

4.  If you have questions, the counselor will review the assessment with you.


Request Assistance by Mail

You will need:

The information form  
Your medication list with the names and dosages of your medications
Your Medicare card number and effective dates

1. Download and complete the information form.  

2. Mail the completed form to the Alexandria City VICAP office at:

Division of Aging and Adult Services
VICAP
6101 Stevenson Avenue, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22304

3.  A counselor will conduct the assessment and select the two plans that best fit your needs. You will receive your assessment in the mail.  

4.  If you have questions, the counselor will review the assessment with you. 



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