Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) for Medicare beneficiaries is going out earlier than in the past.
The 2013 plan year standardized, combined Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) document will be mailed to current members of all Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drug Coverage (MA-PD) plans, Prescription Drug Only (PDP) plans and cost-based plans offering Part D. MA and MA-PD plans must ensure current members receive the combined ANOC/EOC by September 30, 2012. Plans have the option to include Pharmacy/Provider directories in this mailing.
All plans offering Part D must mail their Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) riders and abridged or comprehensive formularies with the ANOC/EOC to ensure current member receipt by September 30, 2012.
Exception: Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (SNPs) that are fully integrated with the State must mail an ANOC with the Summary of Benefits (SB) for member receipt by September 30, 2012 and then send the EOC for member receipt by December 31, 2012. Fully Integrated Dual Eligible SNPs that send a combined, standardized ANOC/EOC for member receipt by September 30, 2012 are not required to send an SB to current members.
Note: With the exception of the ANOC/EOC, LIS Rider, and abridged or comprehensive formularies, no additional materials may be sent prior to the beginning of when marketing activities may begin on October 1.