Annual Open Enrollment Period for Medicare

October 15th - December 7th

Also known as the Annual Election Period (AEP)


During the Annual Open Enrollment Period for Medicare you have the opportunity to make changes to your Medicare health insurance coverage for the upcoming year. Changes made to your Medicare coverage will begin January 1st of the next year.

Allowed coverage changes during the Annual Open Enrollment Period

  • Join a Medicare Advantage Plan
  • Drop your current Medicare Advantage Plan and switch to a new plan
  • Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan
  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan to Original Medicare
  • Join a Part D Prescription Drug Plan
  • Drop your current Part D Prescription Drug Plan and switch to a new plan

Other Types of Enrollment Periods for Medicare

For more information on other types of enrollment periods, please visit our pages, Changing Your Medicare Plan and Are You Turning 65 or New to Medicare?

More Information

For more information on this topic, please visit www.medicare.gov

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Medicare Advantage and Part D plans and benefits offered by the following carriers:

  • Aetna Medicare
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  • Aspire Health Plan
  • Dean Health Plan
  • Devoted Health
  • GlobalHealth
  • Health Care Service Corporation
  • Cigna Healthcare
  • Humana
  • Medica Central Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • SCAN Health Plan
  • Scott and White Health Plan now part of Baylor Scott & White Health
  • UnitedHealthcareⓇ
  • Wellcare