Medicare Prescription Drug Eligibility and Enrollment

This page contains enrollment and disenrollment guidance for current and future contracting Part D plan sponsors and other parties interested in the operational and regulatory aspects of Part D plan enrollment and disenrollment.

New! Revisions to the Prescription Drug Plan Enrollment and Disenrollment Guidance and Individual Enrollment Request Form to Enroll in a Part D plan for CY 2021

On August 11, 2020, CMS released the “Enrollment Guidance Policy Changes and Updates and Model Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Individual Enrollment Request Form for Contract Year 2021” memorandum via our Health Plan Management System (HPMS) to provide guidance and the new PDP model enrollment request form updates. The policy and technical changes reflect the recently published regulation changes in CMS-4190-F to include:

  • The removal of enrollment prohibitions on beneficiaries with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) who choose to join a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan;
  • The establishment of two new Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) for exceptional circumstances and the codification of previously adopted SEPs for exceptional conditions implemented through sub regulatory guidance; in addition, to,
  • The new Model Individual Enrollment Request Form to enroll in a Part D plan, OMB No. 0938-1378; and
  • Changes to the Electronic enrollment process to include new flexibility for Electronic Signatures.

The update to the CY 2021 guidance is now available below with the file names: CY2021 PDP Enrollment and Disenrollment Guidance.

All enrollments with an effective date on or after January 1, 2021, must be processed in accordance with the revised guidance requirements, including the new model PDP enrollment form.  Part D plans are expected to use the new model form for the 2021 plan year Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) which begins on October 15, 2020.  

Good Cause Flow Process and Frequently Asked Questions

Below are resources to help plans process good cause reinstatement requests: 

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Good Cause Triage Process Flow Chart


Page Last Modified:
12/01/2021 08:00 PM