Calendar of Important Dates

Things to Remember

  • Everyone in Medicare can enroll in the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.
  • The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit provides value — through savings on medications, guarantees of not being denied coverage or dropped from coverage, and insurance for both present and future prescription drug needs. Everyone in Medicare should give serious consideration to enrolling.
  • The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit covers a wide array of medications.
  • Starting today, everyone has a vital role in helping family members and friends in Medicare find out about this new drug coverage.

Dates to Remember

Below are important dates to help you plan for the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.

October – Compare and Prepare
Watch your mail for the Medicare & You handbook and for information from plans in your area. Complete the RxEnrollment Check-up. In mid-October, review and compare plans on cost and coverage at www.medicare.gov on the web. Decide what plan you want for 2007. If you’re satisfied with your current plan, there is no need to re-enroll.

November 15 – Open Enrollment Begins
First day you can change your Medicare health or prescription drug coverage for 2007. Open Enrollment is the one chance this year most people with Medicare have to make a change in their health and prescription drug plans.

December 8 – Don’t Be Late
If you are going to make a change to your current coverage, enrolling by December 8 helps to ensure that you can get the prescriptions you need on January 1.

December 31 – Open Enrollment Ends
Medicare’s Open Enrollment ends on December 31. The next Open Enrollment period will begin on November 15, 2007.

January 1 – Coverage Begins

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