When can I change Medicare plans?
If you are eligible for Medicare, you have the option to select a new plan every year during the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). We know the idea of switching can seem like a big change – but you should be sure that the plan you’ve chosen fits your needs.
There are some Medicare enrollment timelines that are important to know about:
Initial Enrollment Period (IEP):
This is the seven-month window for you to enroll around your 65th birthday. It starts three months before your birthday and ends three months after your birthday.
Annual Enrollment Period (AEP):
This runs every year Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.
Special Enrollment Period (SEP):
This is an enrollment period for special circumstances. This could include a move out of your plan’s service area, eligibility changes and more.
Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period
This runs every year Jan. 1 to March 31. It’s a one-time opportunity for Medicare Advantage enrollees to change their coverage.
Browse and compare HealthPartners Medicare plans
When the time comes to pick a plan (or switch plans) you’ll probably look for a few key things like:
- Your own health care needs, and type of coverage for medical care
- Whether or not your doctor is in-network
- Prescription medication (Part D coverage)
- Extra benefits, like travel coverage and gym memberships
Attend an informational meeting
Meet with a sales representative and other people who have questions just like yours.
Request a Medicare packet
Looking for more info? We’ll send you a packet of information on HealthPartners Medicare plans.
From Oct. 1 through March 31, we take calls from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT, seven days a week. You’ll speak with a representative. From April 1 to Sept. 30, call us 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday to speak with a representative. On Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays, you can leave a message and we’ll get back to you within one business day.
This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call Medicare Sales for more information.
HealthPartners is a health plan that contracts with both Medicare and the Minnesota Medical Assistance (Medicaid) program to provide benefits of both programs to enrollees. HealthPartners is also a Cost plan and PPO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in HealthPartners depends on contract renewal.
Last updated February 2019
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