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Medicare Mail Cheat Sheet - Your Color Coded Guide

Medicare clients receive a variety of letters, notices, and information that can be confusing. This article will help easily identify what type of notice your clients receive by color and topic. You can also read our Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Consumer Mailing Guide Here.

YELLOW: Auto-Enrollment Notice

If your client gets this YELLOW notice it means they automatically qualify for extra help because they qualify for Medicare and Medicaid (and currently get benefits through Original Medicare).  It can also mean they automatically qualify for extra help with a retroactive effective date. They’ll be automatically enrolled in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan unless they decline coverage or join a different plan.

ORANGE: Change Extra Help Co-payment Notice

Your client will get this ORANGE notice if Social Security determines that they still automatically qualify for extra help, but will have different copayment levels next year.

PURPLE: Deemed Status Notice

If your client gets this purple notice it means they automatically qualify for extra help, because of any of the following:

GREEN: Facilitated Enrollment Notice

This green notice lets people with Medicare know that because they qualify for extra help, Medicare will enroll them in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan if they don’t enroll themselves or decline coverage. People who get this notice qualify for extra help because of one of the following:

TAN: LIS Choosers Notice

Your client will get this notice if they get extra help, have joined a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan on their own, and their plan’s premium is changing. This tan notice lets them know they’ll have to pay a portion of their plan’s premium in the coming year unless they join a new $0 premium plan.

GREY: Loss of Deemed Status Notice

Clients will get this grey notice if Social Security determines that they no longer automatically qualify for extra help for the coming year.

BLUE: Reassignment Notice

Your clients will get this notice if they get extra help and their current Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan or Part D is leaving the Medicare Program. They may also get a blue notice if Medicare reassigns them into a new Medicare drug plan or if the premium is increasing above the amount covered by extra help. This blue notice lets them know that they’ll be reassigned to new plan for the coming year if they don’t do one of these on their own:

    • Join a new Medicare Advantage Plan
    • Join a Medicare drug plan

Sources:

Mail you get about Medicare. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-resources/mail-you-get-about-medicare

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