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Medicare Advantage Enrollment

When to Enroll for a Medicare Advantage Plan

 

You can apply for a Medicare Advantage plan (also known as Medicare Part C) when you first become eligible for Medicare. There are also other times during the year when you can change your Medicare Advantage plan. For the most part, unless you are signing up for Medicare for the first time, Medicare Advantage enrollment periods occur at specific times throughout the year.

 

Medicare Advantage Enrollment Period

 

Whether you’re enrolling in Medicare Part C for the first time or want to make changes to an existing Medicare Advantage plan, there are many things to keep in mind. You’ll need to know if you qualify for an enrollment period, when your benefits will start, and what happens if you don’t meet the deadlines.

 

 

 

Can I enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan anytime?

 

You can only enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan during specific enrollment periods. If you are new to Medicare, we also have information about how to enroll in your Medicare Part A and B benefits and offer a comparison of Medicare Advantage vs. Original Medicare.

 

Enrollment periods

What are the enrollment dates?

  • Begins three months before your 65th birthday.
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  • Ends three months after your 65th birthday.
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  • You can also sign up the month of your birthday.

 

Who can enroll during this time? What changes can I make?

  • Those who are turning 65, and “aging in” to Medicare, and who are not already receiving Social Security benefits.
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  • You can enroll in Part A and/or Part B.
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  • You can also enroll in Medicare Advantage (Part C) during your initial enrollment period, after enrolling in Part A and Part B.

 

When will my benefits start if I sign up during this enrollment period?

  • Your benefits start on the first day of the month you turn 65 if you sign up during the 3 months before your birthday.
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  • If your birthday is on the first of the month, benefits start the first day of the month before your birthday.
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  • If you sign up during one of the 3 months after your birthday, your enrollment begins the first day of the following month.

 

What if I miss this enrollment period?

  • If you do not sign up for Medicare Advantage during your initial enrollment into Medicare, you will need to sign up during one of the other enrollment periods.

What are the enrollment dates?

  • Begins three months before your 65th birthday.
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  • Ends three months after your 65th birthday.
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  • You can also sign up the month of your birthday.

 

Who can enroll during this time? What changes can I make?

  • Those who are turning 65, and “aging in” to Medicare, and who are not already receiving Social Security benefits.
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  • You can enroll in Part A and/or Part B.
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  • You can also enroll in Medicare Advantage (Part C) during your initial enrollment period, after enrolling in Part A and Part B.

 

When will my benefits start if I sign up during this enrollment period?

  • Your benefits start on the first day of the month you turn 65 if you sign up during the 3 months before your birthday.
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  • If your birthday is on the first of the month, benefits start the first day of the month before your birthday.
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  • If you sign up during one of the 3 months after your birthday, your enrollment begins the first day of the following month.

 

What if I miss this enrollment period?

  • If you do not sign up for Medicare Advantage during your initial enrollment into Medicare, you will need to sign up during one of the other enrollment periods.

What are the enrollment dates?

  • Special time period based on your life experiences.
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When will my benefits start if I sign up during this enrollment period?

  • Those who have had a life change that qualifies them to switch or join a Medicare Advantage plan.
  • These may be related to many different things such as moving out of your plan’s service area, losing employee or other coverage, moving in or out of a nursing home, becoming eligible for Medicaid, or a plan with a 5-star rating becomes available.

 

When will my benefits start if I sign up during this enrollment period?

  • Dates for Special Election Periods vary.

 

What if I miss this enrollment period?

  • If you qualify for and miss your Special Enrollment Period you will need to wait for one of the other enrollment periods.

What are the enrollment dates?

  • Begins three months before your 65th birthday.
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  • Ends three months after your 65th birthday.
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  • You can also sign up the month of your birthday.

 

Who can enroll during this time? What changes can I make?

  • Those who are turning 65, and “aging in” to Medicare, and who are not already receiving Social Security benefits.
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  • You can enroll in Part A and/or Part B.
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  • You can also enroll in Medicare Advantage (Part C) during your initial enrollment period, after enrolling in Part A and Part B.

 

When will my benefits start if I sign up during this enrollment period?

  • Your benefits start on the first day of the month you turn 65 if you sign up during the 3 months before your birthday.
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  • If your birthday is on the first of the month, benefits start the first day of the month before your birthday.
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  • If you sign up during one of the 3 months after your birthday, your enrollment begins the first day of the following month.

 

What if I miss this enrollment period?

  • If you do not sign up for Medicare Advantage during your initial enrollment into Medicare, you will need to sign up during one of the other enrollment periods.

Do I have to enroll in Medicare Advantage every year?

 

You will be automatically re-enrolled in your Medicare Advantage plan annually – unless your insurer no longer provides the plan or you choose to switch plans. Then you can shop for a different plan during the Annual Enrollment Period.

 

How do I enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan?

 

We can help you find the right Medicare Advantage plan for your lifestyle and budget. We have tools to help you search for plans based on what’s important to you. Answer a few quick questions and we’ll provide a recommendation on the Medicare plan that matches you best. You can compare our Medicare Advantage HMO, Medicare Advantage PPO and other plans based on benefits, costs, quality, prescription drug coverage, and doctors. You can save your favorites and come back during one of the enrollment periods to apply.

 

Learn more about our Medicare Advantage HMO plans and our Medicare Advantage PPO plans.

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