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Dropping your Medicare Advantage plan during the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP)
Question:  I joined a Medicare Advantage plan that has prescription drug coverage, but now I am not sure I want to keep this plan.  Is there any way to just drop my Medicare Advantage plan?Y ...

The 2013 Medicare Part D annual Open Enrollment Period ends - But some opportunities still exist to join a 2013 Medicare plan
The 2013 annual Open Enrollment Period (or OEP) closed Friday, December 7th at midnight and most people now will only have a limited opportunity to change their 2013 Medicare Part D or Medicare Advant ...

Why would anyone select a Medicare Part D plan or Medicare Advantage plan that costs them more money?
Question:  I read somewhere that many people do not choose the cheapest Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.  Why would someone choose a Medicare Part D plan that might cost them more ...

Will Your Current 2011 Medicare Plan be Discontinued in 2012?
A number of 2011 Medicare prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans are being discontinued in 2012. People who are currently enrolled in these plans should have already received a notice in ...

CMS Press Release: 2009 Open Enrollment For Medicare Prescription Drug and Medicare Advantage Plans Begins November 15th
For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 13, 2008Contact: CMS Office of Public Affairs 202-690-6145 2009 OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS BEGINS NOVEMBER ...

CMS Memo: Special Election Period for Beneficiaries affected by the 2008
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICESCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services7500 Security BoulevardBaltimore, Maryland 21244-1850CENTER FOR BENEFICIARY CHOICESDATE: October 3, 2007TO: All Par ...

The Differences between Generics, Some Generics, Selected Generics, and All Preferred Generics
Question: When looking for a Medicare Part D plan with some Gap Coverage, we could not understand the difference between preferred generics and those listed as generics.  Some Part D plans cover ...

The Best Way to Pay: What method is best for paying monthly Medicare Part D premiums?
Question:I noticed on the Part D enrollment form that there are many different ways to pay our monthly Part D premiums.  Is there one way that is better than the others? Answer: As most people k ...

Part D - Many Changes for 2007 - Reexamine Your Plan!
The drug benefit offered under Medicare Part D will be going through many changes for the 2007 open enrollment period.  Last year, nine plans were offered on a nationwide basis.  That has ju ...


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