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Medicare Annual Enrollment Period: How to Enroll Online

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The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)—also called Open Enrollment—is a critical time for comparing Medicare plans. You may be able to find and enroll in a plan that offers more of the benefits that are important for you, or lowers your healthcare costs. While Medicare research and enrollment is often completed with the assistance of another person—an insurance agent or volunteer, for example—you can actually find plans, compare them, and enroll in the plan of your choice online, completely autonomously.

Understanding the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

Medicare Annual Enrollment occurs from October 15 through December 7 each year. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can make unlimited changes to their coverage, enrolling in and dropping Medicare Advantage, Supplement, and Prescription Drug (Part D) Plans.

Insurance carriers can make changes to their plans every year, adding or removing benefits and changing costs. For this reason, or because of changing needs, you may find that a different plan is more suited to your current situation.

The Medicare Online Enrollment Portal

The Medicare Online Enrollment Portal is a tool specifically designed for the needs of Medicare beneficiaries. There’s no cost for using it, and it’s available 24/7—no waiting for business hours, leaving voicemails, or waiting for a callback. The Enrollment Portal has no distracting advertisements, and the text size is adjustable for accessibility.

Easy Searching

Medicare plan availability is determined by county. To discover the plans offered in your area, you simply enter your zip code. The search results can be filtered a number of ways, including with or without prescription drug coverage, by plan premium, by carrier, by Medicare rating, and by estimated total cost.

Multiple Carriers

You’ll find plans from a number of respected Medicare Insurance Carriers on the Medicare Online Enrollment Portal. The Portal is designed to be unbiased, and you can be confident you’re not seeing just a small selection of the plans in your area.

Convenient Comparisons

From the search results, you can select several plans to compare side by side. See ratings, premiums, deductibles, benefits and more all in easy-to-read columns. No more flipping from page to page or browser tab to tab. It’s all right in front of you in one convenient tool.

Physician Lookup

Are your physicians in-network with the plan you want to enroll in? Each Medicare plan on the Enrollment Portal includes a physician directory where you can search for your healthcare providers.

Prescription Lists

Use the pharmacy directory to make a list of your prescriptions, select a nearby pharmacy, and discover what your prescriptions costs would be within different plans.

Get Guided Enrollment during this Year’s Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

When you find a Medicare plan that’s right for you, the Medicare Online Enrollment Portal guides you through the enrollment process with clear instructions for each step. If you have questions or need assistance, you can call 1-800-991-4407 / TTY 711 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday, to speak with a Licensed Insurance Agent.