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.
Medicare also offers Special Enrollment Periods for people in certain situations, for example:
- Moving outside of the service area of their current plan
- Having both Medicare and Medicaid, or assistance from the state
- Having Medicare’s “Extra Help” assistance with prescription drug costs
- Entering or leaving a long-term care facility (like a nursing home)
- Leaving coverage from an employer or union
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
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.