Talk Directly to a Care Advisor

1-800-955-8510

Medicare Advantage Enrollment Periods

If you are eligible for Medicare, a Medicare Advantage plan may be an option for you. You can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan only during certain times of the year.

Initial enrollment period: This is a seven month-period that includes three months before the month you turn 65, the month you turn 65 and the three months after the month you turn 65. You can also be eligible for Medicare through disability, so you do not have to be 65.  Annual enrollment period: This is October 15 to December 7 each year.

Special enrollment period: These are times when you may qualify to enroll due to special circumstances. Some examples:

  • You move outside of the service area for your current plan.
  • You have both Medicare and Medicaid, or assistance from the state.
  • You have extra help from Medicare to pay your prescription drug costs.
  • You are entering or leaving a long-term care facility (like a nursing home).
  • You are leaving coverage from an employer or union.

Medicare Advantage plans are one way that Medicare beneficiaries can receive coverage for medical services. These plans provide all of the benefits covered by Medicare and often offer extra coverage for services not normally covered by Medicare, such as prescription drugs, routine vision, and dental care.

Individuals enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan still pay their Medicare Part B premium (unless it is paid for on their behalf by another entity, such as Medicaid or state assistance), and they may pay a premium for the Medicare Advantage plan, but not all Medicare Advantage plans have a premium.

For more information about how to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, visit www.medicare.gov. You can also call 1‑800‑MEDICARE (1‑800‑633‑4227), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TTY users should call 1‑877‑486‑2048.

Editor’s Note: Thanks, Peoples Health, for this explanation regarding Medicare Enrollment Periods.  

Comments

Related Articles

Consent or Rape? The Dementia Dilemma…

What happens when somebody has dementia and it is not certain whether they have the capacity...

Read Full Article

Demystifying Incontinence Supplies

The internet has become a transformational tool for buying incontinence products. There is a...

Read Full Article

How to Avoid These Big Medicare Mistakes

If you’re nearing retirement and Medicare age, here are some of the most important...

Read Full Article

Natural Ways to Improve Joint Health

Joint health deteriorates as we age, often impairing our ability to make the most of our...

Read Full Article

Is CBD Safer Than Prescription Drugs for Seniors?

Senior citizens may perhaps be the age demographic most prone to prescription drug...

Read Full Article

5 Things that Senior Citizens Should Get Tested For

Because our bodies (and the systems that make up our bodies) aren’t quite as spry and...

Read Full Article

Maintaining Optimal Dental Health for Senior Citizens

Below are some of the best tips we have gathered to help you understand the different ways...

Read Full Article

5 Ways For Seniors To Keep Their Brains Active

Dementia and senility are real fear for senior citizens.  There are, however, several...

Read Full Article

5 Benefits Of Chiropractic Care for Senior Citizens

Chiropractic care can help you deal with many areas of your health, including some of the...

Read Full Article

Learning How to Live with Mesothelioma in the Long Term

If you're struggling with mesothelioma or you know someone who's been afflicted with...

Read Full Article

NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP

Sign up for our FREE monthly newsletter to receive the most up-to-date information on caring for your elderly parent or loved one

Order your printed copy of Senior Directory today!

Still enjoy flipping through the pages of a printed copy? So do we! Click on the button below to start receiving Senior Directory right at your doorstep!

Order Your Copy

I prefer the digital copy, please.

Speak to one of our advisors 1-800-955-8510