There is an Annual Open Enrollment for Medicare prescription drug coverage at the end of each year. In 2009, it was November15-December 31, 2009. This is the one time all year when people with Medicare can join or change their Medicare drug plan without an additional fee. Plans make changes every year to cost of premiums, deductibles, copayments, list of covered drugs and policies restricting access to drugs. In addition, some plans stop providing service and other plans initiate new services. It is very important that seniors review options during this time to decide which plan to select for the next calendar year. The Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov
is available to compare programs in a particular area.