This year, Medicare’s open enrollment period for individuals 65 and over is October 15th to December 7th. Now is the time to take a look at your current coverage and change or select a Medicare plan that best fits your medical needs for next year. The new plans will take effect on January 1st, 2024.
During open enrollment, you can enroll or adjust your Medicare health or drug coverage in the following ways:
- Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan or vice versa
- Switch between Medicare Advantage Plans
- Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
- Switch your current drug plan
- Drop Medicare prescription drug coverage
How Do I Enroll?
Some people will need to enroll in Medicare and some people will get it automatically. When you apply for retirement or disability benefits from Social Security, it will automatically serve as application for Medicare. Your coverage will kick in when your retirement and disability benefits start. If you didn’t apply for retirement or disability benefits from Social Security, you will need to apply online during one of the enrollment periods.
To get started, visit Medicare’s official website to check when and how to sign up based on your personal situation. Their website also has information about how to pay premiums, cost-saving programs, understanding your Medicare rights and protections, and more.
Learn more at: www.medicare.gov.
View more free resources and guides available at AARP’s Medicare Resource Center.
Get help with Medicare Enrollment from a Certified Counselor of the CHOICES Program, the official State Health Insurance Program for Connecticut. Learn more at their website or by calling (203) 757-5449 ext. 134.