If you want to drop your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) and you don't want to join a new plan, you can do so during the Open Enrollment Period, between October 15–December 7 each year. The change goes into effect January 1 of the following year.
To disenroll from a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan during Open Enrollment, you can do one of the following:
- Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
- Mail or fax a signed written notice to the plan telling them you want to disenroll.
- Call the plan and ask them to send you a disenrollment notice. You will have to complete, sign and send the notice back to the plan.
Your disenrollment will be effective on January 1 of the following year. Keep in mind you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty if you decide to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan in the future and you have been without creditable prescription coverage for more than 63 days.
If you want to drop your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) because you’d like to join a new Part D plan, there is no need to tell your current plan you are leaving. Simply join the new plan during the Open Enrollment Period between October 15 – December 7 each year. Your new plan will be effective on January 1 of the following year.
How can I find contact information for my plan?
You can find your plan's contact information on your plan membership card. Or, you can get your plan's contact information by clicking here.
Can I drop my Medicare drug plan outside the Open Enrollment Period?
You can’t drop your Medicare drug plan outside the Open Enrollment Period unless you meet certain special circumstances.
If you want to drop your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan because you now get drug coverage from an employer/union or other group health plan, make sure your coverage is creditable prescription drug coverage. You employer is required to send you a notice of creditable coverage each year letting you know if your drug is creditable.