| Mon, Nov 15, 2010 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare Plans: The Medicare Annual Election Period

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Medicare Annual ElectionDid you know that the Medicare Annual Election Period(AEP) begins today on November 15? Between now and December 31, 2010 you have the opportunity to make certain changes to your Medicare coverage.  During this time you have the option to add, drop or change your Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.  This is the only time of the year when you can do this, unless you qualify for an exception.  In this period you can also join or change your Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan, or return to Original Medicare Parts A and B

It is important to also know, there are exceptions to the general rule that you can change your coverage only at certain times of the year.  In some situations you will be able to change your coverage without waiting for the next Annual Election Period. Call the Medicare Helpline at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and ask about exceptions to the rules that might apply to you.

With all of the options available, take advantage of this time to do a little research. Review your current coverage, learn about the changes to Medicare for the upcoming year and make adjustments to ensure you have the coverage you need—and that you’re not paying for coverage you aren’t using.

Check out some of our past blog posts to get the answers to your Medicare questions:

Video: Your Medicare Questions Answered

Medicare Plans: Why it is Important to Review Your Plan Annually

Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: Understanding the Difference

There’s more helpful information at www.MedicareMadeClear.com.

10 Things You Should Know About Medicare

Understanding Medicare

Compare Cost and Coverage

Stay tuned for more information on your Medicare options. What to learn more? Check out the Medicare News section of our site.

Additional Resources

https://www.cms.gov/MedicareProviderSupEnroll/

http://ssa.gov/pubs/10043.html

http://www.medicare.gov/basics/socialsecurity.asp

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