Medicare Advantage eligibility
If you are applying for Medicare for the first time, you can choose a Medicare Advantage plan during your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP). This is a seven-month period that includes:
- Three months before your 65th birthday
- Your 65th birthday month
- Three months after your 65th birthday
If you’re already enrolled in Original Medicare, you can change to a Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, which is October 15 to December 7. Make sure to consider Medicare Part C for all the cost savings and benefits.
You also have a chance to change your Medicare Advantage plan from January 1 to March 31 during the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period .
What is the highest rated Medicare Advantage plan?
Medicare Advantage plans are rated by Medicare using the 5-star system. These ratings are based on a number of categories, including customer service and quality of care. Star ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.
Want more help comparing Medicare Advantage Plans?
We can help you find a Medicare Advantage Plan based on what’s important to you. Answer a few quick questions about your preferences related to HMOs, PPOs, and your plan needs, and we’ll provide a recommendation on the Medicare plans that match you best. Then you can compare those plans based on benefits, costs, quality, prescription drug coverage, and doctors.