Seniors on Medicare typically go through open enrollment from October 15 to December 7 each year to select prescription drug plans. But for the third year in a row, our MedicareBlue Rx prescription drug plan will be offered to seniors year round in 2013 after our plan again received the highest possible 5-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Our plan is the only one in the state and one of only four plans in the country to receive a 5-star rating. We work hard to focus on providing our members with the best possible service, quality and access to care. The benefit of the 5-star designation to North Dakotans is that they can sign up for our prescription drug plan at any time during the year. If seniors try another plan and don’t like it, they can switch to our plan at any time during the year.
All Medicare prescription drug plan scores are posted online at www.medicare.gov. Medicare prescription plans with 5-star ratings can offer their products year round beginning on January 1, 2013, instead of only being available during a specific open enrollment period.