CMS Updates Medicare Plan Finder Tool

September 24, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers

As Medicare open enrollment approaches, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 27 the launch of a redesigned Medicare Plan Finder tool. This new tool makes it easier for customers to compare pricing, coverage, and drug plans of Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, and Part D programs. The Plan Finder tool is the most used tool on the Medicare.gov website.

This update is part of CMS’s so-called eMedicare initiative, announced a year ago. The goal of this initiative is to update and modernize Medicare resources for the benefit of Medicare beneficiaries. Other tools in the initiative have been the “What’s Covered” app, a webchat option within the Medicare Plan Finder, and an interactive online decision tool that gives people the ability to evaluate plan options.

Currently, the new Plan Finder is available along with the old version, to allow for an easier transition for users. Training on how to use the Plan Finder is available online on demand. Medicare open enrollment will begin on October 15 and end on December 7.

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