Research, Compare, and Pick a Medicare Part D Plan with Confidence!

Updated on: November 30, 2018

Originally posted on: October 30, 2018
The Roadmap for Medicare staff specialize in all topics related to Medicare Part D, choosing a Medicare plan, and making smart health decisions in retirement.

Medicare Open Enrollment is here, and the clock is ticking towards making your final prescription drug (Part D) plan selection. Enrollment and taking time to understand your options can be stressful. This is particularly true if you are new to Medicare because the choices you make now may have a financial impact on your Medicare costs down the road.

Starting your research early to gather the information you need, compare plans and weigh your options can reduce the stress. If you need help navigating the complicated Part D terrain, don’t be afraid to reach out to those around. Here are a few tips for getting your research under way so you can choose next year’s Medicare Part D plan with confidence!

  1. Find reliable online tools. offers detailed information about Part D plans and a tool to compare how drugs are covered by each provider. Signing up for Roadmap for Medicare newsletters will give you free access to our Roadmap eBook where you’ll find helpful checklists and a step-by-step guide to Medicare Part D.
  2. Check state and local resources. Consider contacting your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). This program, which is funded by the federal government, has trained counselors in each state that can help you understand your Medicare plan choices and answer questions about switching plans at no cost to you. Check online for the phone number of the SHIP in your state or, if you are currently enrolled in Part D, you can easily find that contact information in your Evidence of Coverage. Look for local organizations hosting community events where you can get helpful tips and even have some fun! You can also make an appointment with a licensed Medicare insurance broker if you need additional help.
  3. Recruit family and friends. Once you’ve done your research, turning to a spouse, friend or relative can be helpful. They can assist by talking through your concerns, sharing additional online resources or pointing to events happening in your community. Since Medicare Part D Open Enrollment ends December 7, the Thanksgiving holiday can be a great time to wrap up your decision and choose the plan that’s best for you.

To learn more about how to maximize your network of friends and family and make the best use of resources to research next year’s Medicare plans, please watch this video.