Guide to Medicare Part D: Can I Change Plans?

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This page is part of our Guide to Medicare Part D.

If you enrolled in a Part D plan that you are not happy with or if the plan is not meeting your prescription and other medical needs, you may be able to change from one plan to another, but only during certain times. You don't need to cancel your old Medicare drug plan or send them anything. (Your old Medicare drug coverage will end when your new drug plan begins).

You can join, switch, or drop a Medicare drug plan at these times:

  • When you first become eligible for Medicare

  • Between Nov. 15-Dec. 31 each year, (coverage will begin on Jan. 1 of the following year.) 

See the official government handbook, Medicare & You [PDF]

Call 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227) for a list of the Medicare plans in your area.  

NOTE: If you have Medicaid AND Medicare, you can switch plans at any time, and your new coverage will become effective the following month. (This does not include persons enrolled in Medicare Savings Plans.)

Reviewed August 2009

This online guide was adapted with permission from Maine Legal Services for the Elderly. We extend our thanks to them.