2017 Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans - NYS

The annual coordinated election period ("open enrollment") for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans runs from October 15 through December 7, 2016.  CMS has released the 2017 landscape of Part D and Medicare Advantage plans.  Here are the lists of plans for New York State:

  1.    Standalone Part D (PDP) - 19 Plans, of which 2 CIGNA plans are currently sanctioned with enrollment and marketing suspended since Jan. 2016

  2.    Medicare Advantage Plans

  3.    Special Needs Plans (SNPs)  ( will be posted soon)

  4.    Dual Plans (full capitation -cover Medicare & Medicaid services - FIDA and Medicaid Advantage Plans

LIST OF EIGHT BENCHMARK PLANS - FREE PREMIUM FOR PEOPLE WITH FULL "EXTRA HELP" (Low Income Subsidy) .  All of the benchmark plans from 2016 will be benchmark in 2017, except that one plan is sanctioned - Cigna Medicare Rx:

  1. Aetna Medicare Rx Saver (PDP) 
  2. Cigna-Healthspring Rx Secure (PDP) (UNDER SANCTION - no enrollment since 1/2016)
  3. Express Scripts Medicare - Value (PDP)
  4. Humana Preferred Rx Plan (PDP) 
  5. SilverScript Choice (PDP) (formerly called "Basic")
  6. WellCare Classic (PDP)
  7. EnvisionRxPlus Silver (PDP) 
  8. Magellan Rx Medicare Basic (PDP)

The lists posted here are extracted from nationwide charts on the CMS website at  http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-Coverage/PrescriptionDrugCovGenIn/.    Sanctioned plans are also available at that link. 

Reminder:  EPIC does not provide coverage during the Part D deductible phase.   EPIC members without Extra Help will want to try to find Part D plans with no deductible, if possible.   In 2017, EPIC can pay up to $40.99/month for members getting EPIC Part D premium assistance, and will credit EPIC deductible members $40.99/ month ($492/year) toward their annual EPIC deductible.  

Article ID: 215
Last updated: 23 Sep, 2016
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