• July-August
    Release of state-specific marketing guidance for MMPs
  • July 6, 2021
    D-SNP applicants must submit SMACs and contract matrix to CMS in HPMS
  • Late July
    Part D national average monthly bid amount (NAMBA) and the Part D regional low-income premium subsidy amounts released
  • Late July
    Submission period begins for plans to submit CY 2022 marketing materials to CMS for review via the HPMS Marketing Module
  • No Later than July 29
    MA organizations that receive, on or before this date, a termination notice from CMS with an effective date of December 31, 2021, must issue notices to their Medicare enrollees at least 90 days prior to the effective date of the termination
  • August- September
    Plan preview periods of Part C & D Star Ratings in HPMS.

    States can use the various Part C and D measures in the MA star ratings to assess the quality and performance of MA plans operating in their state. Note that the star ratings are assigned at the contract level, not at the individual plan level. A single MA contract may include more than one type of SNP as well as non-SNP MA plans. For more information, see the ICRC tip sheet “How States Can Use Medicare Advantage Star Ratings to Assess D-SNP Quality and Performance.” Available at: https://www.integratedcareresourcecenter.com/sites/default/files/MA%20Star%20Ratings%20Guide.pdf  

  • Late August
    D-SNPs notified by CMS of final determinations of integration status and sanctions based on CY 2022 SMACs
  • Mid-September
    CMS fully executes MA and PDP contracts with plans
  • September 30, 2021
    Deadline for all MA, MA-PD, MMP, PDP, and cost-based plans (including those not offering Part D and those that do offer Part D) to send the standardized Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and LIS rider to current enrollees
  • October 1, 2021
    MA and Medicare Part D plan marketing begins for CY 2022
  • October 1, 2021
    Deadline by which enrollees of non-renewing PDPs, MA plans, MA-PD plans, MMPs, and cost-based plans must receive final personalized beneficiary non-renewal notification letters.
  • Early/Mid October
    Medicare Advantage and Part D plan Star Ratings released on Medicare.gov
  • Mid-October
    CMS releases CY 2023 Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) for new contracts or contract extensions. CMS releases the CY 2022 Landscape files, identifying approved and sanctioned MA plans
  • October 15, 2021
    Deadline for all MA, MA-PD, MMP, PDP, and cost-based plans (including those not offering Part D and those that do offer Part D) to send documents detailed below

    Deadline for all MA, MA-PD, MMP, PDP, and cost-based plans (including those not offering Part D and those that do offer Part D) to send the following documents (or notification, if permitted) to current enrollees: Evidence of Coverage (EOC); abridged or comprehensive formularies; and provider/pharmacy directories.

  • October 15, 2021
    Annual Election Period begins. Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in MA or Part D plans for CY 2022.
  • November 11, 2021
    CY 2023 NOIA deadline to ensure access to HPMS for new MA or PDP contracts or plans that wish to expand their service areas.
  • December 7, 2021
    End of the Annual Election Period.