Maryland State Retirees

Important information regarding changes to retiree prescription drug coverage effective January 1, 2025

​What you need to know
The State of Maryland’s prescription drug plan coverage for Medicare-eligible retirees is changing on January 1, 2025.
The current State-provided prescription drug plan for Medicare-eligible retirees will end on December 31, 2024. Retirees will need to enroll in a Medicare Part D plan during Medicare open enrollment between October 15 and December 7, 2024, to have prescription drug coverage on January 1, 2025. You will select a Medicare Part D plan from the options that will be available in your geographic area. To assist you with this transition, the State will provide one-on-one counseling to walk through your options with you this Fall.
We realize this is a big change, and you probably have many questions and concerns. We are committed to ensuring a smooth transition to your new coverage, including providing one-to-one counseling assistance in selecting a Part D plan. As soon as we have more details to share, our team at the Department of Budget and Management will answer all your questions and address your concerns.
What you need to do
You do not need to do anything right now. Your current prescription drug plan coverage will continue through December 31, 2024.
Medicare eligible retirees do not need to enroll in Medicare Part D at this time, but here’s what you can expect in the coming months:
  • The State will be contracting with a company to offer both in-person education and informational sessions at locations around the state as well as virtual sessions online (via video). You will also have access to one-on-one counseling to assist you in selecting a plan.
  • Once a company is contracted, you will receive more information this summer (likely by July) regarding in-person and virtual education sessions that will help you understand what’s happening and what you’ll need to do. Among other information, these sessions will provide details about how to meet with a counselor and how to enroll in a plan during open enrollment.
  • The 2025 Medicare plan details will be released in early Fall (typically in September).
  • During Medicare open enrollment this fall (October 15–December 7), you will select a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan online or by phone. You will be able to speak on the phone with a licensed benefits counselor who will assist you in selecting a prescription drug plan.
  • You will need to take action before the close of open enrollment or you will not have prescription drug coverage after December 31, 2024. 

Please keep an eye out for future communications from the State with details of this transition.

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For questions or concerns related to Retiree Health Benefits, please email​ or call 410.767.4775


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​If you have any questions about your Retiree health benefits and the change to prescription drug coverage on January 1, 2025, please contact the Employee Benefits Division.

410-767-4775 General Information
1-800-30-STATE (Outside Baltimore)
(410) 333-7104 Fax
301 West Preston Street, Room 510
Baltimore, MD 21201

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