Medicare Open Enrollment: October 15 through December 7

Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. This is the time to compare plans for 2018 and make sure you have the coverage that’s right for you at a price you can afford.

You cannot use Open Enrollment to enroll in Part A and/or Part B for the first time (do that here), but here’s what you can do during open enrollment:

  • Anyone who has Medicare Parts A or B can join or drop a Part D prescription drug plan.
  • Anyone with Original Medicare (Parts A & B) can switch to a Medicare Advantage plan.
  • Anyone with Medicare Advantage can drop it and switch back to Original Medicare (Parts A & B).
  • Anyone with Medicare Advantage can switch to a new Medicare Advantage plan.
  • Anyone with a Part D prescription drug plan can switch to a new Part D prescription drug plan.

Visit the National Council on Aging’s helpful website devoted to Medicare issues for more information.


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