| Tue, Nov 27, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

What is the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment is a new enrollment period starting in 2019. It’s specifically for Medicare Advantage plan members and runs from January 1 to March 31. You must be a member of a Medicare Advantage plan on January 1 to be eligible for this new enrollment period, which replaces the shorter Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (January 1 – February 14).


If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you may use the new enrollment period to change your coverage. You may switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan or drop a plan and go back to Original Medicare (Parts A & B). Those who return to Original Medicare may also enroll in a Part D prescription drug plan until March 31.


The opportunity to make a change means you have time to use and review your new plan benefits and confirm that:

  • Your doctor and other providers are in the plan network.
  • Your prescription drugs are on the plan formulary.
  • You have the additional coverage that you want for things like dental, vision and hearing care.
  • You are comfortable with your costs, including deductibles, premiums, copays and coinsurance.
  • You understand all of your benefits such as fitness programs, mail-order pharmacy, nurse line, and other wellness services.

If you find that your plan is not meeting your needs, you can explore other plan options with Medicare’s Plan Finder. You have until March 31 to make a one-time change to your coverage if you decide to. Your new plan benefits will be in effect for the rest of the year.


For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or 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.