Got a question from Reggie in Montana on when Medicare.gov’s plan finder would be loaded with 2012 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan data. According to the 2012 Call Letter (see page 100), the data should be available on Thursday, October 6th, 2011.
Also, note that if there are involuntary disenrollments, you cannot market to these individuals prior to October 1st, 2011. They will have an SEP which starts on October 1st, so you will be allowed to enroll them for a 1/1/12 effective, but you must wait until 10/15/11 to enroll Medicare beneficiaries without an SEP (Annual Enrollment Period). CMS is encouraging the companies to issue disenrollment letters before 10/1/2011, but the requirement is BY 10/1/2011 (a Saturday).