Starting in 2019, from January 1st through March 31st of each year, patients on Medicare Advantage plans will have an Open Enrollment Period to:
Enroll in a different Medicare advantage plan, with or without drug coverage.
Dis-enroll from their Medicare Advantage plan and switch to Original Medicare, along with the option to enroll in a stand-alone Part D plan (PDP).
From 2011-2018, this MA Open Enrollment period did not exist. Instead there was something called the “Annual Medicare Advantage Dis-enrollment Period.” For these years, patients on advantage plans had from January 1- February 14th to dis-enroll from their Advantage plan and enroll in a standalone Part D plan with Original Medicare Parts A and B.
The Medicare Advantage OEP previously existed from 2007-2010 and has been brought back under the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, starting in January 2019.
The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period is not available for those enrolled in Medicare Savings Accounts or other Medicare cost plans, or PACE plans.
Learn more about Medicare Advantage vs. Original Medicare.