| Tue, Sep 04, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare Made Clear Blog Series: Get Ready for the Open Enrollment Period

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

OEP open enrollment period informationSeptember is an important preparation time for people eligible for Medicare. Just as kids are going “back to school,” it might be time for you to get “back to Medicare.”

Why? Because the 2013 Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP) starts on October 15, 2012, and continues through December 7, 2012. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can add, switch or drop their Medicare coverage, if they choose to do so. OEP is generally the only time you can make changes to your Medicare coverage, unless you qualify for an exception. Any changes made during this period take effect on January 1, 2013.

Welcome to Countdown to OEP

Countdown to OEP is the first part of a two-part series designed by Medicare Made Clear to help you navigate the 2013 Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP).

Maybe you’re new to Medicare. Or maybe you just haven’t looked at your Medicare coverage for a while. Countdown to OEP gives you key information that can help you get ready for the Open Enrollment Period, no matter what your situation.

We’ll focus on topics such as:

  • Where to get reliable information to answer your most important Medicare questions

  • What you’re hearing about Medicare in the news, and what it might mean for you

  • How to find out if your current Medicare plan (or plans) may be changing in 2013

The second part of the series kicks off in October. OEP Boot Camp will take you through specific steps to review your Medicare coverage and health care needs. Then you can look at your 2013 plan choices and take action, if needed.

Remember, you have until December 7 to make changes to your Medicare coverage.

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More Help for Getting Ready

There’s something new to help you get ready for OEP 2013: September 15- 22, 2012 is National Medicare Education Week. UnitedHealthcare created National Medicare Education Week as part of the Medicare Made Clear program, to inspire and encourage Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers to learn more about Medicare. By creating an official week dedicated to Medicare education, we hope to rally millions of Americans to spend time learning about Medicare so they’ll be prepared to find coverage that’s a good fit for their health needs and budget. Visit the web site to find information and events to help you increase your understanding of Medicare.

For more information, contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048. If you have questions about Medicare Made Clear, call 1-877-619-5582, TTY 711, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week.



National Medicare Education Week—MedicareMadeClear.com

Free Medicare Guides—MedicareMadeClear.com

Understanding Medicare Enrollment Periods—Medicare.gov


But wait—there’s more! Come back for the next installment of Countdown to OEP: Where Can I Get Help Choosing the Right Medicare Plan for Me (or My Loved One)


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