The Medicare open enrollment period – also known as the Annual Election Period – is a once-a-year opportunity for Medicare enrollees to review their existing coverage, compare it against Medicare plans available for 2022 – and decide whether to buy a new plan.
During the Medicare open enrollment period – which runs from October 15 through December 7 – you can make a variety of changes (none of which involve medical underwriting):
- Switch from Medicare Advantage to Original Medicare or vice versa.
- Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another.
- Switch from one Part D prescription plan to another.
- Join a Medicare Part D plan.
- Drop your Part D coverage altogether.
Will you ‘shop around’ during Medicare open enrollment?
We’d like to know:
- Do you expect to at least compare your Medicare existing coverage to 2022 plans?
- Are you satisfied with your current Medicare coverage?
- Are you ready to change your Medicare coverage?
- Or are you not going to compare plans?
Take our one-minute survey. Then, if you want to explain your answer more fully, just drop a comment below. (You can also ask questions about open enrollment, but you might want to first review our 2022 Medicare Open Enrollment Guide.)
You can also learn more about your options by reading these great explainers:
- Four reasons to change your Medicare Advantage coverage
- How to choose between medicare Advantage, Medigap and Part D
- Four signs you need to change your Medicare Part D coverage
- Medicare Advantage’s supplemental benefits