Are you enrolled in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or Advantage Plan and wanting to make a change? It's almost time to do just that as the annual open enrollment period starts Oct. 15. Once enrollment starts, you'll have until Dec. 7 to make changes that will become effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Please note that this open enrollment period does not apply to those currently enrolled in a Medicare Supplement Plan. Your coverage automatically renews for your supplement plan each time you pay your premium.
While everyone has the same benefits available through Original Medicare, prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans vary by the county of residence. Those eligible for Original Medicare (Parts A & B) include:
- Individuals at age 65,
- Individuals under age 65 and qualifying on the basis of disability, and
- U.S. citizens or legal residents who have lived in the U.S. for at least five consecutive years.