Medicare Enrollment Periods

Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period is October 15 through December 7.

People with Medicare Parts A and B can join or switch Medicare plans during this period.

If you are turning 65 and becoming eligible for Medicare, you can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan:

  • Up to 3 months before the month of your birthday with coverage beginning the first day of your birth month
  • The month of your birthday with coverage beginning the first day of the following month
  • Up to 3 months after the month of your birthday with coverage beginning the first day of the month following your enrollment

Did you miss Medicare’s annual enrollment deadline?

You may still be able to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan from Peoples Health.

In Louisiana, people in 32 parishes have a Special Enrollment Period through December 31 due to major weather events earlier in the year.

Emergency and Disaster Special Enrollment Period through December 31 for the following parishes:

Acadia • Allen • Assumption • Beauregard • Calcasieu • Cameron • De Soto • Iberia • Jefferson • Jefferson Davis Lafayette • Lafourche • Livingston • Natchitoches • Orleans • Plaquemines • Rapides • Red River • Sabine • St. Bernard • St. Charles • St. Helena • St. James • St. John the Baptist • St. Martin • St. Mary • St. Tammany • Tangipahoa • Terrebonne • Vermilion • Vernon • Washington

Enrollment Period Exceptions

Typically, you may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan only during the annual enrollment period from October 15 through December 7 of each year. There are exceptions that may allow you to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan outside of this period.

  • You have both Medicare and Medicaid or the state helps pay for your Medicare premiums.
  • You get extra help paying for Medicare prescription drug coverage.
  • You were enrolled in a special needs plan (SNP), but you have lost the special needs qualification required to be in that plan.
  • You recently moved outside of the service area for your current plan or you recently moved and this plan is a new option for you.
  • You no longer qualify for extra help paying for your Medicare prescription drugs.

Other reasons include…

  • You are moving into, live in or recently moved out of a long-term care facility (for example, a nursing home or long-term care facility).
  • You recently left a PACE program.
  • You recently involuntarily lost your creditable prescription drug coverage (coverage as good as Medicare’s).
  • You are leaving your employer or union coverage.
  • You belong to a pharmacy assistance program provided by your state.
  • Your plan is ending its contract with Medicare, or Medicare is ending its contract with your plan.
  • You were recently released from incarceration.
  • You recently returned to the United States after living permanently outside of the U.S.
  • You recently obtained lawful presence status in the United States.
3 months before and three months after the month of your birthday

Questions about enrollment?

If one of the above statements applies to you, please contact Peoples Health at 1-800-978-9765 (TTY users should call 711) to see if you are eligible to enroll. We are open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you contact us on a weekend or holiday, you may need to leave a message, but we will return your call within one business day.

PART B Enrollment

If you have Medicare Part A but did not enroll in Part B, the Part B General Enrollment Period is from January through March. You then have until June 30 to join a Medicare Advantage plan for additional benefits starting in July.