For Consumers

How can I sign up or switch my Medicare (Part D) drug plan?

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When I can sign up

You can sign up when you first get Medicare (Initial Enrollment Periods for Parts C and D). You must be enrolled in either Part A (hospital insurance) or Part B (medical insurance). Most people will have both Part A and Part B.

To sign up:

When to switch plans

You can switch to a new Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) simply by joining another drug plan during Medicare's yearly Open Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 - Dec 7.

To find out which plans cover your drugs, go to the Plan Finder ( Enter your ZIP code and your prescription drugs.

There are other times of the year Medicare may allow you to switch plans. For example, if you move to a new area, or you lose or gain other health insurance. Contact us to find out if you might qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to change plans without having to wait for the Open Enrollment Period.

  Need help understanding your Medicare options?  Call us at 800-562-6900 or find a local Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) office for free Medicare counseling.