Open Enrollment (Now Called “Annual Election”) Period

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Open Enrollment — or as it is now called: Annual Election? If your question is not listed below, feel free to give us a call; we’d be more than happy to assist you at SeniorQuote!

What is the Medicare Annual Election Period?

  • Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year — things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.

When is the Medicare Annual Election Period?

  • Every year, the Annual Election or Open Enrollment period is October 15 – December 7.

How do people know if they need to change plans?

  • Any individual with a Medicare health or prescription drug plan should review the materials their plans send them, like the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC). If the individual’s plans are changing, he or she should make sure the plans will still meet their needs for the upcoming year. If  the individual is convinced that their current plans will meet all of his or her needs, and it is still being offered, no action is required.

When can people get information about next year’s Medicare plans?

  • Information for next year’s plans will be available beginning in October.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Questions and Answers Originally Posted by EEJL Medicare Advisors in their eNewsletter.
Original wording has been edited for reposting purposes.