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Time for Medicare Annual Open Enrollment, October 15-December 7, 2017
Time for Medicare Annual Open Enrollment, October 15-December 7, 2017
Understanding What This Enrollment Period Means

What is the difference between Medicare Annual Open Enrollment and your initial enrollment period when you first get Medicare?

 Medicare Annual Open Enrollment – is October 15th through December 7th each calendar year.

 During this time frame Medicare Beneficiaries can:

  • Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan – If you have original Medicare and a Part D plan, you can drop the part D get a Medicare Advantage plan that includes your Part D.

 

  • Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare and a Part D plan.

 

  • Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan.

 

  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage plan that offers drug coverage.

 

  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer drug coverage.

 

  • Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

 

  • Switch from one Medicare drug plan to another Medicare Prescription drug plan.

 

  • Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage completely.

 

Medicare initial enrollment period: New to Medicare, this revolves around your 65th birthday,

NOT the Medicare Annual Open Enrollment period unless your birthday happens to fall between October 15- Dec 7.

 

  • Sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan and/or a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

 

(?) During the 7-month period that:

  • Starts 3 months before the month you turn 65
  • Includes the month you turn 65
  • Ends 3 months after the month you turn 65
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