The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is the only time you can change your existing Medicare plan. There are Special Enrollment Periods (SEP), but you need to meet specific criteria to qualify. So, for the majority of the population enrolled in Medicare, if you miss it, you’re stuck with your plan until January 1, 2019.
Review your needs and your plan
Even if you love your current plan, you should take the time to review it and compare it to your personal needs. Here’s why:
- Medicare Advantage plans change each year. You need to make sure that things like your plan’s network, premium, copayments and coverage aren’t changing in a way that could restrict you.
- Your finances change. Changes in your finances or your plan’s premium may mean that you need to look at other options that are a better match.
- Your health changes. Your health has changed and you now need a doctor who is no longer in your plan. Maybe you want additional coverage or lower copayments for services you never had to use before. These are just a few possibilities.
- Carriers introduce new products. Some of these may have improved coverage and/or lower premiums. One of these may be a better option for you.
Don’t miss it!
AEP runs for 7 weeks every year—from October 15 through December 7. CMS does not permit insurance agents to discuss your 2016 Medicare coverage with you until October 1, 2017.
Meeting with an agent to discuss your plan is completely free. And you pay nothing to enroll through an agent. We’re here only to help you make the best decision for your situation. So don’t miss your opportunity to make a change for your January 1, 2018 plan. It’s not too early to call and schedule an appointment. You can call our general office number, 412-200-2018, to schedule an appointment with the first available agent, email us, or contact one of our agents directly.