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How to enroll in Medicare – or change your plan

Open enrollment begins October 15 -- you'll be able to choose a new Medicare Advantage plan or a supplement for original Medicare

Are you ready for Medicare Open Enrollment?

For 2017 Medicare coverage, open enrollment is in the fall of 2016, from October 15 to December 7.  Take our new Medicare Smarts Quiz to see if you are ready to shop for new coverage.

Turning 65 soon? Or have a parent who is?

If you’re not yet enrolled in Medicare – and even if Medicare isn’t in your immediate future – there’s no time like the present to learn about its coverage options.

With a growing population of Medicare beneficiaries, it’s likely you’ll end up helping a friend or family member navigate Medicare’s confusing maze of coverage options and ultimately enroll in Medicare. But the options aren’t limited to enrollment.

While it’s pretty well understood that most folks generally enroll when they turn 65, it’s not as well known that there are opportunities – though limited – to switch Medicare coverage once you’re enrolled. (Read why Wendell Potter’s mother made the switch back to Original Medicare.)

Regardless of whether you’re new to Medicare or tweaking your coverage, medicareresources.org is your guide through that maze, featuring an extensive collection of resources:

The health of Medicare

Despite critics’ claims that the ACA would weaken Medicare, the ACA has had the opposite effect. According to a 2014 report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the ACA “substantially improved [Medicare’s] financial outlook”  The Medicare trust fund is now expected to remain solvent until 2030, which is 13 years beyond what was projected without the ACA.

Medicare has also been strengthened through ACA’s addition of free preventive services – including immunizations, mammograms, and other cancer screenings. The prescription drug “donut hole” is also continuing to shrink and will be eliminated by 2020.

That’s all good news, considering that millions of Americans now pay into Medicare through payroll taxes and are anxiously waiting to become eligible for its benefits.