| Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

Only 1 Week Left to Change Your Medicare Coverage for 2013

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

medicare open enrollent periodYou may have heard a lot about the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP) by now. The OEP is the time each year when you can change your coverage choices for the following year.

This year’s OEP will end at midnight on December 7, 2012. This gives you just days to decide whether you want to take action and to do it.

Changing your coverage is easy. You can look for plans using the Plan Finder tool at Medicare.gov. You can even join a new plan right there online.

Here’s what you can do during the Open Enrollment Period:

  • Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan.

  • Change from a Medicare Advantage plan back to Original Medicare.

  • Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to a different Medicare Advantage plan.

  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage to one that does.

  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage plan that offers drug coverage to one that doesn’t.

  • Join a Medicare prescription drug plan.

  • Switch from one Medicare prescription drug plan to a different Medicare prescription drug plan.

  • Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage completely.

If you’re still undecided, you can use the Resource links below to find information and tools that may help you decide. For most, the next opportunity to change coverage will be next year’s Open Enrollment Period, October 15-December 7, 2013.

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.


Medicare.gov: Visit the official U.S. government site for Medicare.

Prepare to Enroll or Switch: Get help assessing your needs and choosing coverage.

How to Enroll or Switch: Simple steps to help you sign up or change coverage.


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