Your Weekly Medicare Consumer Advocacy Update
Medicare Redesign Proposals Pose Significant Risks to Beneficiaries
|September 5, 2013||Volume 4, Issue 35|
In most cases, you are only able to change your Medicare private prescription drug plan once a year during Fall Open Enrollment. Fall Open Enrollment occurs between October 15 and December 7 of every year. If you make a change during this time, your new coverage will begin January 1. You can change plans as many times as you need during Fall Open Enrollment, with your last choice taking effect January 1. However, to avoid enrollment problems, it is best to make as few changes as possible.
You may also be able to change your Part D plan during the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) if you have a Medicare private health plan (also known as a Medicare Advantage plan). The MADP occurs between January 1 and February 14 of every year. If you have a Medicare private health plan, you will be able to switch to Original Medicare with or without a stand-alone prescription drug plan. Changes made during this period will become effective the first of following month. For example, if you switched from a Medicare Advantage plan to Original Medicare and a stand-alone prescription drug plan in February, your new coverage would begin March 1.
Fall Open Enrollment for Medicare takes place between October 15 and December 7 this year. To help media professionals prepare for stories about the enrollment season, Medicare Rights Center has created a Fall Open Enrollment Period resource for journalists. The materials include information on tried-and-true advice for Medicare beneficiaries, moving from the new Health Insurance Marketplace to Medicare, and much more. The resource materials are available here.