Changes You Can Make During the Annual Open Enrollment Period
You can switch from Original Medicare — Medicare Part A and Part B — to a Medicare Advantage plan. You must already be enrolled in Original Medicare and live within the Medicare Advantage plan’s service area.
If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you can switch to another Medicare Advantage plan. You can also drop Medicare Advantage and go back to Original Medicare during the open enrollment period.
If you switch from Medicare Advantage to Original Medicare, you may be able to add Medigap — Medicare Supplement Insurance — coverage.
If you switch from Medicare Advantage to Original Medicare at this time, you can add a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to your Original Medicare coverage. You can also enroll in a Medicare Part D plan during the open enrollment period if you didn’t enroll in drug coverage when you were first eligible.
Important Considerations During Open Enrollments
- Can you afford your current plan?
- Does the plan you’re in cover prescription drugs?
- Will you need dental or vision coverage over the next year?
- Were you diagnosed with a new illness?
- Do your doctors accept my current medicare plan?
- How much traveling will you do next year?