Why Review Your Medicare Open Enrollment Options?

Reasons to review your current Medicare health plan during open enrollment

by Amy De Vore+ on Oct 18, 2016 | 2 Comments

You should review your Medicare open enrollment options, even if you like your current plan.

Before we explain why this is important, here’s a quick reminder about Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP). Open Enrollment Medicare runs from October 15 thru December 7th each year. During this time you can join or switch a Medicare Advantage plan or prescription drug plan, or reenroll in Original Medicare.

This article was originally written in 2014 and updated on October 18, 2016.

Why Review Medicare Options During Open Enrollment?

Medicare Health plans change each year, so even if you like your current coverage you’ll want to review your Medicare open enrollment options. Some of the changes this year will be:

  • Increases in Medicare Advantage and Part D premiums
  • Increases in out-of-pocket costs
  • Additional expensive drug-pricing tiers
  • Additional charges if you don’t go to approved pharmacies
  • New restrictions on drug coverage
  • Doctor and hospital network changes

Further Questions?
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Reader Comments and Questions

By chanh on July 03, 2018

Hello Senior65 I enrolled Medicare part A in sept 1, 2014 only. I want to enroll part B for 2019 calendar year. I understand I can enroll from Jan1-Mar 31 2019 and pay penalty 10% for each year not enrolled in part B since 2014. Pls advise how I can also enroll in a supplemental plan that pay medical expenses overseas as I live in Vietnam. my wife will enroll Part A and B next year as she was born on May 1, 1954. She will enroll both part A and B and need supplemental plan that pay medical expenses overseas Pls advise and let us know what kind of fee do you charge. Thanks

Chanh, Thank you for contacting us. First and foremost there is NEVER A FEE TO WORK WITH SENIOR65. We receive commissions directly from the insurance provider and guarantee that you will pay the lowest price by law.

You are correct about the part B penalty above but it should not apply to your wife..

We will have a few questions to discuss your overseas situation to make sure you qualify for a Medigap plan. Most our our clients who are aboard have a US based permanent address which makes the process pretty straightforward.

We can help you enroll in a Medicare supplement and time your start to begin with your part B start date. You can even fill out the application by phone or by our Skype account.

Please contact us to set up a time to discuss. Best,
-Chris from senior65.com

By Joshua R. on April 30, 2015

Do I have to answer medical questions to switch to a new Medicare Advantage plan?

No, you don't need to answer any medical questions when applying for a new Medicare Advantage plan. Please let us know if you need help finding a new MA plan.
-Eric from https://www.senior65.com/

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