50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #19:
Align all enrollment periods for Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Part D

The fall open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plans runs from October to December of each year, followed by an MA disenrollment period from January through February. In contrast, the General Enrollment Period (GEP) for delayed Part B enrollment runs from January to March of each year. Congress should align these disparate enrollment periods to create a Medicare enrollment season, allowing the federal government, community-based organizations, and others to more effectively educate beneficiaries about their Medicare enrollment options.