Medicare Advantage: 4 Times to Enroll

Learn when you can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan

by Katie Banks+ on Aug 20, 2014

Once you are Medicare-eligible you are also eligible to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. There are four times per year that you may enroll.


MA Plan Initial Enrollment

Your Medicare Advantage plan initial enrollment is the same as the Original Medicare initial enrollment and ranges from 3 months before your 65th birth month, the month of your 65th birthday, and three months after. This is the best time to enroll, however if you do not enroll during this period there are three other opportunities to enroll.

MA Plan Open Enrollment

Every year there is an open enrollment period in which you can switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan: October 15 -December 7.

MA Plan Special Enrollment

For most life changing events, such as a divorce, you move out of your Medicare Advantage plan’s areas, or lose your job that had qualifying healthcare, you have two full months to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. There are certain circumstances in which you will have longer than the two months.

MA Plan General Enrollment

You have Medicare Part A but get Medicare Part B during general enrollment (January 1 -March 31), you can enroll in Medicare Advantage between April 1st and June 30th.

To learn more about Medicare Advantage or to enroll call the number above or contact Senior65.

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