Your health needs change from year to year. So, your health plan may change Medicare Open Enrollment is the one time of year when ALL people with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage. There are new benefits available for all people with Medicare – whether you choose Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan – including lower prescription costs, wellness visits, and preventive care. Take advantage of Open Enrollment and you may be able to save money, get better coverage, or both.
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What is the benefit of having an earlier enrollment period?
Starting this year, Open Enrollment starts earlier – on Oct. 15 – and lasts longer (7 full weeks) to give you enough time to review and make changes to your coverage. You will need to make your final selection for next year's Medicare coverage by December 7th. This change ensures Medicare has enough time to process your choice, so your coverage can begin without interruption on January 1.
Many people typically use the December holidays to discuss health care options with family or friends. Please plan now to move that conversation to an earlier date. Remember that Medicare is available to help.
Compare your current coverage with all of the options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.
Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours a day/7 days a week to find outmore about your coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
Review the Medicare & You 2012 handbook. It is mailed to people with Medicare in September.
Get one-on-one help from your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) or call 1-800-MEDICARE to get the phone number.