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Medicare Enrollment Periods

Upon enrolling in Medicare during your Initial Enrollment Period, you can choose between Original Medicare (Parts A and B) or a Medicare Advantage plan (Part C) that merges both types of coverage. Additionally, Part D (prescription drug) coverage is an option with either of these choices.

Once you have chosen your plans, you are not locked into them indefinitely. Medicare provides opportunities for you to modify your plan(s) based on your circumstances.

Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (Also known as AEP)

After enrolling in Medicare, you are entitled to review your plan choices and make adjustments annually. During the Open Enrollment Period from October 15 to December 7, you can modify Part C (Advantage) or Part D (prescription) plans to suit your needs.

At this time, you can:

Medicare Open Enrollment is from January 1 – March 31

During this time you can:
Yes, you can drop a Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare, but don’t count on a Medigap plan if that is your intention. Remember that carriers will screen you and can choose not to enroll you.

What if you need to make changes to your plan outside of these times?

In specific circumstances, like moving or losing coverage, you may be eligible for a two-month Special Enrollment Period. This allows you to adjust your Medicare plan(s) during this period.

For example, shifting from one geographic location to another could make you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period, especially if your current network is not accessible at your new residence.

Throughout your Special Enrollment Period (SEP), you have the option to transition to a new Medicare Advantage plan or Part D plan, or revert to Original Medicare without facing any penalties. Additionally, under certain circumstances, you may have the opportunity to enroll in a Medigap plan without the need for medical underwriting, known as guaranteed issue rights.

If you think you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period, reach out to your plan administrator promptly following the qualifying event. We are here to help you through this process.

For additional information, please visit Medicare.gov.

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