There are four distinct enrollment periods during which you can enroll in Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan.
If you’re eligible for Medicare when you turn 65, you can sign up for Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan during the 7-month period that:
The Medicare Advantage plan will go into effect the first of the month that you turn 65.
The Annual Enrollment Period runs from October 15 through December 7 each year.
During this time, you can move from any plan to another plan.
Any change made during AEP will be effective January 1 of the following year.
The Open Enrollment Period runs from January 1 through March 31 each year.
If you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage) during this time, you can switch to another Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage).
If you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan during this time, you have the option to return to Original Medicare. You will also be able to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
After your IEP is over, you have a chance to sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan during a Special Enrollment Period, which may begin at any time when you experience the following life events:
If you are eligible, are within any of the above enrollment periods, and would like to enroll in a New Hanover Health FirstMedicare plan, or if you have any questions about enrolling in one of our plans, contact us to be connected with a licensed agent who can help.