2021 Medicare open enrollment and review
By Patte Smith
The 2021 Open Enrollment period for Medicare runs from Thursday, October 15 to Monday, December 7. During this time, individuals who qualify for Medicare can enroll in health and drug plans for 2021. For individuals already enrolled in Medicare, it is very important to review current coverage.
Individuals who qualify in 2021, and those already enrolled in Medicare coverage, should have already received the new Medicare & You handbook. It has information about Medicare coverage, as well as Medicare plans. If you have not received the 2021 handbook, it is available online at https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/10050-Medicare-and-You.pdf.
If you are already enrolled, be sure to review your current coverage. Plans change and needs change. Carefully review any materials and changes in costs or coverage that will happen in 2021, then decide if your current Medicare coverage will meet your needs for the year ahead.
Members who already have a Medicare account number or those who need to create an account, visit https://www.mymedicare.gov/ or to create or access a list of your drugs, compare your current plan to others, and see prices based on any help you get with drug costs.