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Medicare Annual Notice of Change Letter

Summary: The Medicare Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) letter is an important document you receive each September. The ANOC outlines any changes to your Medicare plan that will go into effect the following year. It’s important to review your ANOC so that you can determine if you want to make changes to your Medicare plan to ensure you’re getting the right coverage for your needs. Estimated Read Time: 4 mins

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Table of Contents:

    1. Who Will Receive the Medicare ANOC Letter?
    2. What is Medicare Annual Notice of Change?
    3. Changes to Medicare Plans You Can Anticipate
    4. When Will the Provider Send Your ANOC Medicare Letter?
    5. Where Will the Plan Providers Mail Your ANOC?
    6. Evidence of Coverage (EOC)
    7. What if I Don’t Like the Changes Listed in My ANOC?
    8. How To Decide if You Want Different Medicare Coverage for Your Needs

Medicare plan costs and benefits change each year. Understanding those changes is essential to ensuring you continue to get the Medicare coverage you need. Your Medicare Annual Notice of Change allows you to be aware of these annual changes to your health insurance so that you can be prepared for them when they go into effect the following year.

Who Will Receive the Medicare ANOC Letter?

You can expect to receive a Medicare Annual Notice of Change letter if you are a beneficiary with Medicare Advantage or a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

However, you should not expect to receive an Annual Notice of Change for a Medicare Supplement plan. That is because Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Plans do not incur annual changes to benefits. So, the letter is not necessary.

What is Medicare Annual Notice of Change?

The Medicare Annual Notice of Change letter is something you receive every year from your Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Part D plan. The ANOC provides all of the information you need on any changes to your plan’s cost and coverage that will take place on January 1st of the following year.

It’s a good idea to thoroughly review your Annual Notice of Change Medicare updates to see if your current plan will still meet your healthcare needs and budget in the new year.

You should contact your plan’s insurance company if you do not receive your ANOC.

Changes to Medicare Plans You Can You Anticipate

The ANOC letter will include any changes to your Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan. It will outline cost changes and, if applicable, benefit and service area changes.

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Those on Medicare Advantage will receive a letter from their private insurance company providing their coverage. The correspondence will include changes in costs, benefits, and any adjustments to the service area.

Private insurers offering Medicare Part D plans must also send their beneficiaries an ANOC letter. For Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, the ANOC will outline any cost, service area, and formulary changes.

It is crucial to note any Medicare Part D formulary changes involving medications you’re prescribed. You could have much higher copays if a drug no longer receives coverage or changes tiers.

When Will the Provider Send Your Medicare Annual Notice of Change Letter?

Medicare guidelines require carriers to send the ANOC annually in the fall. You should anticipate receiving your letter(s) in September.

If you do not receive a letter for each of your Medicare plans by September 30, you should contact the plan provider. Any changes take effect January 1st of the following year.

Where Will the Plan Providers Mail Your ANOC?

Your insurance carrier will send your Annual Notice of Change to the address you have on file with them.

Without your current address on file, you will not receive the ANOC that Medicare sends out each fall. You must also ensure your address is up-to-date with any private insurance companies with whom you do business. Otherwise, you will not receive the ANOC in the mail each autumn.

Evidence of Coverage (EOC)

You will also receive your Evidence of Coverage (EOC) notice in September. This is different from your Annual Notice of Change. While your ANOC focuses on cost and coverage changes, your EOC is more comprehensive. The EOC goes into detail about your plan’s benefits, cost-sharing expenses, how your plan works, and exactly what your plan covers. You should carefully review both documents to see if your Medicare plan will still suit your needs for next year.

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What if I Don’t Like the Changes Listed in My ANOC?

Annual Notice of Change Letter

If you don’t like the upcoming changes to your Medicare plan in your ANOC, you can always switch plans. The reason you receive your Annual Notice of Change in September is so you know if you want to go with different coverage in time for the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP).

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is from October 15 until December 7 each year. With the list of changes, the ANOC provides, you can contact your insurance agent to review options that may be a better fit for the next calendar year.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) determines Medicare Part A and Part B plan benefits and costs. Therefore, these figures are non-negotiable. Original Medicare beneficiaries receive the Annual Notice of Change letter only as a notification.

How To Decide if You Want Different Medicare Coverage for Your Needs

Step 1: After receiving your Annual Notice of Change letter, you should contact your licensed agent to review the policy changes. A benefit comparison should include a list of the services you most frequently utilize.

Step 2: If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you may encounter changes to your doctor network. If you want to keep your doctors in the upcoming year, you might want to switch to a Medigap plan that could include your preferred providers. It is also possible that your health needs have changed since last year, and you need more coverage than you initially thought.

Step 3: Lastly, consider your premium costs and expected cost-sharing. Review the service area in which your current plan is available and compare it to any potential service area changes you can expect for the following year.

How to Get Help Understanding your Annual Notice of Change Letter

All Medicare beneficiaries will receive an Annual Notice of Change letter each September. This letter will list all changes for the coming year – whether related to cost, benefit, or service area – in detail. If you do not receive the ANOC letter for each of your Medicare plans, contact your provider before the start of the Annual Enrollment Period.

Upon receiving the ANOC for your Medicare plans, it’s a good idea to contact a licensed agent to review your policy and any expected changes.

To compare plans for the upcoming year or ensure your coverage is best for your needs, call us at the number above or complete our online rate form to get started!

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Kayla Hopkins

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Kayla Hopkins is an accomplished writer and Medicare guru serving as the Editor of MedicareFAQ.com. Upon completing her Communications degree from Ohio University, Kayla dedicated her time to understanding the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare. With her extensive background as a Licensed Insurance Agent, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her writing.
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Ashlee Zareczny

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Ashlee Zareczny is the Compliance Manager for MedicareFAQ. As a licensed Medicare agent in all 50 states, she is dedicated to educating those eligible for Medicare by providing the necessary resources and tools. Additionally, Ashlee trains new and tenured Medicare agents on CMS compliance guidelines. Ashlee is a Medicare expert who specializes in Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D education.

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