Each year Medicare measures the performance of Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plans and stand-alone prescription drug plans for their 5 Star program.
In the past, when you selected a Medicare Advantage or stand-alone drug plan, you were locked into keeping that plan for the entire calendar year (unless you are Medicare/Medi-Cal). Under the 5 Star program, Medicare allows an individual to change their Medicare Advantage or stand-alone prescription drug plan one time during the calendar year — but only to a 5 Star plan.
If you feel that you may have made a wrong decision in your initial selection and find that there is a 5 Star plan available in your region that would better fit your specific needs, Medicare will allow you to make one change during the calendar year to the 5 Star plan.
Check www.medicare.gov to see what 5 Star Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans are available in your area.