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Medicare Annual Enrollment: Six Questions Answered

Reviewing your Medicare coverage on a yearly basis is an important way to ensure that you’re receiving the benefits and savings that you deserve, but it can be confusing to navigate the various enrollment periods and options. To make things easier, we’ve covered some of the top questions about the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP).

Q: When is the Medicare Annual Election Period?

A: Every year the Medicare Annual Election Period runs from October 15th to December 7th. If you are enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B (Original Medicare), this is your primary opportunity to review your coverage and make changes each year. With a few exceptions, whatever plan you have when this enrollment period ends is the one you will have for the entire following year.

Q: What type of changes can you make to your Medicare coverage during the Medicare Annual Election Period?

A: During AEP, you can generally swap between Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C), and Prescription Drug Plans (Part D). You may also be able to enroll in a Medicare Supplement Plan, but you will probably have to go through medical underwriting first.

Some examples of coverage changes you might make include:

  • Moving from just Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan with additional benefits and bundled prescription drug coverage
  • Swapping from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan with new benefits that fit your lifestyle
  • Leaving a Medicare Advantage Plan and returning to Original Medicare, then enrolling in a Part D Plan to ensure you retain prescription drug coverage
Q: Am I able to change my Medicare coverage outside of the Annual Election Period?

A: It is possible to change Medicare coverage outside of the Annual Election Period, but only under certain circumstances. There is the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period that occurs from January 1 - March 31, which allows you to make a single swap in your Medicare Advantage coverage.

You may also be able to change your coverage through a Special Enrollment Period, which are triggered by circumstances like moving, losing coverage, being eligible for Medicaid, FEMA-declared disasters, and more.

Continue reading Medicare Annual Enrollment: Six Questions Answered to find out whether you’re eligible for this enrollment period, how to evaluate plan costs, and more!