Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Ends March 31

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Don’t wait: Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment ends March 31!

Did you know that if you’re unhappy with your Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare Part C), you have options? Each year, there’s a Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period from January 1 – March 31. During this time, if you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan and want to change your health plan, you can do one of these:

If you switch Medicare Advantage Plans or go back to Original Medicare with or without a Medicare drug plan, your new coverage will start the first day of the month after your new plan gets your request for coverage. Keep in mind, if you go back to Original Medicare now, you may not be able to buy a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy.

The Medicare Plan Finder can help you find, compare, and enroll in a new Medicare Advantage Plan or a Medicare drug plan in your area. You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for help. TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048 or NC SHIIP 1-855-408-1212 or Currituck Cooperative Extension 252-232-2261.

The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period isn’t for people who already have Original Medicare.

It’s important to understand and be confident in your Medicare coverage choices. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan and want to change your plan, check out your options today. Remember, this Medicare Advantage Plan Open Enrollment Period ends March 31.

A division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, SHIIP provides free and unbiased information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. While SHIIP employs a small paid staff, a great deal of its outreach is performed through trained volunteers who provide one-on-one counseling in all 100 counties in North Carolina.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss your medicare options with a local SHIIP volunteer please contact Shelia Gregory via email at or via phone at 252-232-2261.

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Sheila Gregory, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSheila GregoryProgram Assistant, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Sheila Email Sheila N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center
Updated on Feb 8, 2021
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