Medicare Annual Enrollment Period
Medicare annual open enrollment period is your chance to switch Medicare plans for the coming year.
In the workplace, you probably faced making choices about your health care plans each year in the fall. That’s the time rates and plan benefits would change. The same is true for certain types of Medicare insurance plans. Once a year – between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 – you have a chance to change from your current plan to a different plan.
The Medicare open enrollment period – also referred to as the Medicare annual enrollment period or annual election period (AEP) – impacts Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D drug plans. If you have one of these plans and want to change to a different plan or drop a plan, the Medicare AEP is the one time during the year when you can do that. So do not miss the deadline!
If you have a Medicare supplement plan you can change any time during the year, though you will probably have to answer some medical questions.
The 2013 Medicare open enrollment period is Oct. 15, 2012 to Dec. 7, 2012. That is the time to sign up for Medicare plans that will start on Jan. 1, 2013.
There are some exceptions to changing plans outside the Medicare annual enrollment period. If you move you may be able to change plans or, if for some reason, your plan is terminated. Also there are some Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans that you can switch to anytime during the year. These Medicare plans carry a 5-Star rating, awarded by Medicare. There are just a handful of regional insurance companies that are rated 5 stars.
To learn more about the annual Medicare open enrollment period (Medicare AEP 2013) you can speak with an iQuote Medicare health plan advisor at 1-800-352-9742. They can help you understand enrollment period options.
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